Understanding the Difference between Asbestos Management and Refurbishment/Demolition Surveys: Why You Need the Right Survey for Your Project

Asbestos can be found in many buildings constructed before the year 2000, and it poses a significant health risk if not managed properly. That’s why it’s essential to have a thorough asbestos survey carried out before any refurbishment or demolition work takes place.

But did you know that there are different types of asbestos surveys? The most common types are asbestos management surveys and asbestos refurbishment and demolition surveys.

Asbestos management surveys are designed to locate and assess the condition of any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) within a building, so that a management plan can be developed to ensure their safe and proper management.

On the other hand, asbestos refurbishment and demolition surveys are more invasive and are carried out when a building is to be refurbished or demolished. These surveys are more comprehensive and identify all ACMs in the building, including those that may be hidden within the structure.

It’s important to note that asbestos management surveys are not suitable for refurbishment or demolition projects. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that a refurbishment and demolition survey is conducted before any such work begins. This is because the survey identifies all ACMs, including those that may be disturbed during the work, so that appropriate measures can be taken to ensure they are safely managed or removed before any work begins.

If you’re planning a refurbishment or demolition project, don’t risk the health of yourself, your colleagues or anyone else who may be present at the site. Contact one of our asbestos consultants for a free initial consultation and advice on the best course of action to ensure the safe and responsible management of any asbestos-containing materials.

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