What is the process for asbestos surveying?

It is no secret that asbestos is a material that produces enormous health and safety risks and that steps must be taken to either manage or eliminate the threat as quickly as possible. If your building requires the identification of asbestos through an asbestos survey, the assessment must to be conducted by a professional in asbestos surveying.

Depending on what that inspection uncovers, it could call for the safe removal or in-place management of the material, which is determined by an assessment made by a competent asbestos services provider.

Asbestos surveying

Before any renovation, demolition, asbestos abatement, or other activity that may disturb suspected asbestos material, an on-site assessment has to be completed by a certified asbestos inspection professional.

The professional must have the ability to demonstrate sufficient experience, competency, training and the relevant liability insurance. In short, the asbestos testing / survey process involves a thorough visual inspection of all affected building space, a full assessment of the construction, with sampling of any suspect material(s) for analysis in a laboratory.

The sample(s) will only be analysed at a certified and approved laboratory to determine its type, risk, and action to be taken, providing a fully comprehensive report to take movement towards either its containment or removal.

Various samples will be tested from each type of suspect material from the premises due to the manufacturing processes for those materials differing and the asbestos contents varying between manufacturers. This is why qualified and experienced asbestos professionals are used to complete asbestos surveys of buildings.

Which building materials get tested?

Over the last century, asbestos was used in hundreds of varied building materials. Some of them you may not even consider having been at risk at all.  Therefore it is very dependent on how the building is constructed as to what materials are tested / sampled.

Floor tiles and adhesives used to put them in place are among the most common areas where asbestos has been used in buildings, with ceiling tiles also being a considerable concern. Wall boarding, felt, papers and joint compounds can also asbestos-containing materials, and it is the same with gaskets, ropes and cement pipes.

When it comes to heating areas around your building, asbestos can be found within fireproofing, thermal insulation, and sealants. Asbestos can be contained everywhere around you, from your flooring, walls, and roofing as well as many other products and installations.  The list goes on and on.

What happens when a survey has positive asbestos results?

Following an asbestos survey, a thorough professional report is a must to highlight if the material needs to be removed professionally and immediately or can be managed and safely contained within the property.

Contact the team at Grosvenor Asbestos Solutions today for asbestos surveying and all services centred around asbestos-containing materials.

What our clients have to say…

“Jim provided a fantastic service. Friendly, quick, non-disruptive work. Good turnaround on receiving the sample report too”

“Asbestos survey – Jim did a very thorough job. Kept us updated right through the visit with an initial view, and then supplied an in depth report after. Very pleasant person to deal with. Overall, very pleased with the service.”

“Really friendly professional service with very quick response time. The work was carried out to a high standard, at a very good price, within two days of enquiry. I would definitely recommend this company.”

“Jordan and Jim did an excellent job of demolishing our garage, including the safe removal of the asbestos roof. Their work was tidy and controlled, with no impact on any surrounding hedges, plants, etc.

All in all they ticked every box.”

“Jim and his team were very professional, courteous and helpful throughout the whole process. They worked very hard to meet our tight timelines and did a great job. I would highly recommend Grosvenor Asbestos to anyone requiring asbestos services.”

“Had a survey done. All work and results back before a new week. Very prompt, efficient and quick service. Absolutely recommend this company.”

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