Asbestos Surveys

Asbestos Surveys



What does IANZ Accreditation mean?

IANZ is an inspection body who regularly perform audits of our internal process and systems to ensure they are of the highest level of quality.  Every year a selection of our Consultants are assessed by an IANZ Industry Expert to ensure they are working to the highest standards.  Our internal Quality Systems are reviewed annually also to ensure that results are accurate and our processes are being followed.

This is a process that ensures confidence in the quality of our onsite work, our reports and our internal systems.

Are you completing renovations on your home?

If you are thinking of doing some renovations on your property, you need to check for the presence of asbestos before starting the work, especially for properties built, or had renovations, 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 products.

Will the sampling damage my house?

Taking an asbestos sample causes damage to the area being sampled.  We need to take a 5cm square sample of the material so there is enough for the analyst to see all layers of the material under the microscope.  The sample areas will be sealed after collection with white tape or an adhesive but we are not responsible for the repair of any damage caused through sampling.

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?

There are 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 a task safely.

Management surveys are also useful for preparing 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 repairing, to multiple buildings in a large industrial complex that is undergoing a major refurbishment.  We will 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).  The purpose of this investigation is to find ACM that could be disturbed during refurbishment. 

A Demolition Survey involves inspecting all the accessible areas of the house and other 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 to locate and identify all potential ACM’s so far as is reasonably practicable so that prior to demolition, ACM’s can be removed safely. 

Due to their destructive nature, demolition surveys are generally the most complex of the three survey types and require strict health and safety measures. We require them to be carried out in unoccupied buildings where power has been disconnected as the survey may involve exposing parts of the building structure.

What will be in the Asbestos Survey Report?

Our site observations, photographs and sample locations are recorded on our customised tablet app. and then our Consultants produce a report tailored to your building site.  The report contains building plans indicating the extent and condition of asbestos materials and note the location of non-asbestos materials that may be confused with asbestos. The written report is backed up with the plans and a clear set of recommendations covering future management of the asbestos and an asbestos register against which future inspections, work, or removal should be recorded.  

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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