Asbestos may have long ceased to be used as a building material in Scottish properties, but it is not a menace restricted to the past. With the news headlines always generating stories about accidental asbestos exposure resulting in fatal conditions like mesothelioma, there’s no question that any owner of a building has a moral and legal obligation to investigate and remove any asbestos containing material (ACM) that may be present and able to be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy.
It is for such a purpose that one may request an asbestos survey in Scotland from a leading specialist in both asbestos management surveys and refurbishment and demolition surveys like H.I.C.H. LTD. The former is the standard survey that is legally necessary for all commercial buildings in accordance with The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. Mortgage lenders and insurance companies often ask for this survey, which is designed to not only locate any ACMs, but also access their condition and ability to release fibres into the air in the event of accidental disturbance.
Management surveys frequently involve minor intrusive building material sampling, with the nature of the premises and how reasonably practicable such sampling is for a given property dictating the exact extent of intrusion. This means that such factors as the building type, the nature of construction and accessibility will all be considered. The presence or absence of ACMs tends to be confirmed by the collection of samples and subsequent laboratory analysis, although ACMs can be both sampled and presumed as part of such a survey.
However, there is also another type of asbestos survey in Scotland that involves a significantly greater level of intrusion: a refurbishment and demolition survey. This is a necessary survey prior any work being carried out on, or in a building. The survey involves accessing structural areas, between floors and walls and underground services, and is conducted immediately before work is carried out on a building.
Specialist equipment or assistance is sometimes needed for the more difficult-to-access areas, and the full scope of the work needs to be agreed between the surveyor and the dutyholder, the latter the person with responsibility for the building’s maintenance. Contact H.I.C.H. LTD today about both Type 1 and Type 2 tests, encompassing a safety and hazardous material management analysis, complete with report and certificate. It takes no more than 24 hours for all ACM inspection sample results certificates to be completed, provided that samples are completed by 4pm.