So, how many types of asbestos surveys are there? If you can’t answer that question, keep reading to find out. Obviously, there is more than one type of asbestos survey. The kind of survey that is applied will depend on the severity of asbestos presence and the intended goal of the survey. Thus, the level of seriousness of the survey will change with your needs. Regardless of the kind of survey being carried out, the process should be able to yield enough information that can allow for the generation of a risk assessment, management plan, and asbestos register.

The purpose of the asbestos register is that it needs to be used by anyone who may in future need to perform works such as renovation and repair on the structure. The register must be consulted before the works begin.

Picking the right asbestos testing and asbestos survey is very important. The two major kinds of surveys are management survey and demolition/refurbishment survey. Differences between the two are discussed below.

Management survey

This kind of survey is usually conducted during the normal occupancy of the building. The purpose of the survey is to ensure that the structure remains usable while asbestos materials are controlled in situ. There are specific aims that a management survey aims to achieve and the major ones are discussed below.

The first aim is to ensure that no one gets hurt by the continuing presence of materials that contain asbestos. That means that the materials will remain in place inside the building, but steps will be taken to ensure that the asbestos they contain does not spread or cause problems to occupants of the building. The second aim is to ensure that materials that contain asbestos remain in good condition. Lastly, management survey will ensure that the material does not get disturbed accidentally by people who stay in the house.

Refurbishment/demolition survey

Refurbishment survey is conducted when there is need for building or part of it to be demolished, refurbished, or upgraded. The main aim of this survey is ensuring that no one gets harmed by asbestos-containing materials during the normal refurbishment process. The second aim is to make sure that the refurbishment process is performed by a contractor who is qualified to do the job. The contractor will know where asbestos-containing materials are located so that they know how to go about with the process.

Surveyors must be competent

Regardless of the type of survey you need, it is very important that the process is carried out by a professional surveyor. The contractor must have special training and experience that qualifies them to handle asbestos. Usually, the individual should have a license and certification to work as a surveyor for asbestos. Thus, as a homeowner, it is very important to consider several factors before you settle on a surveyor. The necessary documentation must also be produced after the survey has been completed. The documentation serves as evidence that the process of survey has been performed and completed professionally.