Chemsafety can assist you with all your Asbestos management requirements.
Are you GOING TO BE DOING ANY REFURBISHMENT WORK TO your property?
If you are planning on undertaking some renovations or organising to demolish a property you need to check for the presence of asbestos before starting the work. This is especially important for properties built, or had some work done, between 1950 and 2000, as they are quite likely to contain some asbestos.
Chemsafety carries out comprehensive surveys or audits of buildings searching for asbestos containing products.
Will the sampling cause damage?
Chemsafety has its own in-house IANZ Accredited laboratory. This allows us to ensure the quality of our analysis is as high as the consultancy services we provide. With fully trained analysts for both bulk asbestos analysis and fibre identification we can analyse materials that may contain asbestos.
What Types of Surveys Are There?
Chemsafety undertake three different levels of survey.
A Management Survey is generally the least intrusive of the survey types and are often undertaken during normal occupancy of a building. The main purpose is to locate and identify, though a combination of sampling and presuming, any potential asbestos-containing materials (ACM’s) and to assess the extent and condition of these ACM’s. This helps ensure those occupying the building are aware of potentially hazardous ACM’s and are kept safe. It also means any maintenance worker required to work on or in the vicinity of an ACM are aware and able to carry out tasks safely.
Management surveys are also a useful preparation for any planned future works. They provide a general overview of suspicious materials that might be on site particularly at the surface level. They generally do not involve a destructive investigation into the structure of a building.
A Refurbishment Survey may be required when a building or structure is to be refurbished. These are more specific than the other survey types, as particular attention will need to be paid to ACM’s that might be disturbed during the refurbishment.
The survey itself could be simple or complex. It could involve sampling a few walls in a home that need repair to multiple buildings in a large industrial complex that is undergoing a major refurbishment. We inspect all areas of the buildings on the property (including accessible underfloor spaces and roof spaces) specifically relating to the scope of planned refurbishment work and identify any potential asbestos containing materials (ACM’s).
A Demolition Survey involves inspecting all accessible areas of the buildings on the property. This survey is required when a building or structure is to undergo demolition. It involves a destructive investigation into all parts of a building or structure. The purpose of this survey is to identify all asbestos containing materials (including “hidden” materials) prior to demolition works being undertaken..
Due to their destructive nature, demolition surveys are generally the most complex of the three survey types and require strict health and safety measures.
Because of this, for us to be able to complete an Asbestos Demolition Survey, the building(s) to be demolished must:
- Be vacant (not being used as a residence or office), and free of belongings.
- Be permanently electrically disconnected by your electricity supplier (for health and safety reasons).
- In other words, the building needs to be ready for the demolition and with no plans for re-occupation after the survey.
If these conditions are not possible prior to site work beginning, we would recommend you to do a Management Survey instead, and at a later date we could finalise the work (collect the samples from the locations that were not able to be reached) and deliver the full demolition survey.
What will be in the Asbestos Survey Report?
Our consultants hold the internationally recognised qualification from the British Occupational Hygiene Society, IP402 (Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings) and are available to survey your buildings at any location. To date we’ve completed asbestos surveys on vessels out at sea, buildings overseas and many other commercial and residential properties throughout New Zealand.
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