Uncovering the Importance of Asbestos Refurbishment Surveys

We are continuously building and renovating our homes but often ignore asbestos surveys. We should miss out on this deadly disease. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is commonly used in building construction materials.

Now, Asbestos is banned because it can cause severe respiratory diseases like lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. It has thin microscopic fibres which require a high level of detection and precaution. The symptoms can be visible within a week or may take decades to show the damage.

The Control of Asbestos Regulation 2012 mandates that house or building owners must manage the risks associated with asbestos. Therefore, owners have to conduct surveys and then form a plan of action if any asbestos is found. All this should be done by professionals and with the utmost safety.

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We have a complete range of surveys tailored to meet the specifics of your site with sampling and testing. We offer standard testing, consult on significant works, and complete removals.

What Is Refurbishment Survey?

A refurbishment survey or asbestos survey is conducted before you start refurbishment, renovation, or demolition work. This survey helps in identifying and assessing the presence of Asbestos-containing material (ACMs) inside the home or outside.

During the refurbishment survey, a qualified asbestos surveyor checks all accessible areas like ceilings, walls, floors, ducts, and other potential area for asbestos presence. The surveyor can use a combination of visual and sampling techniques, depending upon the ACMs’ presence.

The samples are then sent to a lab for examination, and a detailed report is sent based on the findings. It is your legal obligation to manage and conduct refurbishment surveys for asbestos. If you are unable to manage, you will have to pay penalties and fines.

Not just for your own safety, but a refurbishment survey is necessary for the safety of neighbours and construction workers. You should not risk your life and break any law or regulation.

Why Are Refurbishment Surveys Important?

1. Identification of Asbestos

One of the major reasons for conducting refurbishment surveys is to identify the presence of ACMs or asbestos-containing material on the property. Asbestos was commonly used in construction materials and was banned due to its health concerns. They are usually found in ceiling tiles, insulation, floor tiles, and pipes.

2. Health

Asbestos-containing material poses a high risk of causing lung diseases when its fibres are released into the air and inhaled. Exposure can result in more than just allergy or shortness of breath but lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.

House occupants and workers can be saved if an Asbestos survey is done before starting of renovation work.

3. Compliance with Regulation

Many countries, including the UK, have very strict rules for asbestos. Under The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, it is the duty of the house owner or employer to assess the risk of asbestos before you start renovation. They have to manage asbestos, and the risks associated with it.

Refurbishment surveys are a legal requirement; failure to do so can result in fines and legal action.

4. Risk Management

Timely identification of asbestos-containing material management managing the risk can save lives and the environment. The refurbishment survey can help you manage the risk, and a proper plan can be formed with adequate information.

Depending upon the survey findings, appropriate measures can be taken, and if required, removal can also be initiated. Thereafter reducing the risk of asbestos-related diseases.

5. Protecting Workers and Residents

Refurbishment survey safeguards the lives of workers and residents who may be present in the building during refurbishment or renovation work. Finding and informing workers to not come in particular areas.

They help in forming a plan of action without causing any damage to human life. Protection and safety are one of the major concerns and should not be ignored.

6. Property Value

Buildings with asbestos-containing material will have a lower value compared to non-asbestos-containing material buildings. An increase in the risk of health and potential liabilities is the reason for such devaluation. However, if the refurbishment survey shows no signs of the presence of asbestos-containing material, your property value can also increase.

Potential buyers will only buy your property if it is safe and free from asbestos containing material.

7. Sustainability

If asbestos containing material is managed well and disposed of by professionals, then environmental sustainability can be maintained. Asbestos management is an integral part of building sustainable practices. If they are not disposed of properly, then not only the environment but the health of nearby people will also be affected.

Reduce, recycle, and reuse; reducing waste can save the environment and nature. Save the environment, save lives.

Conclusion

Asbestos refurbishment surveys are very essential for ensuring the safety of workers and residents in projects. By identifying and managing asbestos containing materials, we save our environment and safeguard against legal consequences.

How Can We Help

We are a professional and experienced asbestos management company that keeps our clients protected, compliant, and safe. We offer a broad range of services covering the entire asbestos management process. We complete a range of surveys tailored to the specifics of your site, with sampling and testing included as standard, consulting on major works, and completing removals. 

We offer a wide range of services in Conduction of Asbestos Surveys, Asbestos Consultancy, Asbestos Removals, Sampling and Testing, Demolition and Refurbishment of Asbestos and Garage Roof Removal.

Get in touch with Asbestos Management Group

Contact the experts and have your asbestos professional managed by dedicated experts. You can reach us for a free quote by calling 07711 096089 or sending an email to sales@amg.org.uk.