Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition Survey
Don't overlook the most important part of any demolition or refurbishment project, an asbestos refurbishment/demolition survey.
The health and safety of your builders, trades-people or demolition workers could be at risk if you fail to commission an asbestos refurbishment/demolition survey before works begin.
Asbestos refurbishment and demolition surveys are needed to determine and locate the presence of all asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in a commercial property or premises that form part of a Construction Design and Management (CDM) 2007 project.
If you work in construction you may well be the ‘duty holder’; this means having legal duties in line with CDM 2007 regulation, which can include arranging for a refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey.
All areas of the vacated and unoccupied premises are inspected and the survey may involve intrusive and destructive inspection, such as lifting floors or breaking through partitions or ceilings.
Asbestos material can then be made safe or removed before refurbishment or demolition work begins. Or designs can be amended to ensure that no asbestos is disturbed.
Once your asbestos refurbishment survey is complete we’ll compile our findings and create an executive summary.
The summary will list items which contain asbestos, any items not accessed and the items inspected but clear of asbestos, so you know exactly where you stand when it comes to asbestos.
A refurbishment/demolition survey aims to ensure that:
The Survey must locate and identify all ACM before any structural work begins at a stated location or on stated equipment at the premises. It involves destructive inspection and asbestos disturbance. The area surveyed must be vacated, and certified ‘fit for reoccupation’ after the survey.