Asbestos Surveying

Asbestos Surveys are undertaken to locate as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos containing materials (ACM) in a building to assess their present condition.

The survey will take into account damage or disturbance that might occur during normal occupancy including foreseeable maintenance. The findings of the management survey form the basis of the property’s asbestos register and the asbestos management plan.

Following completion of your asbestos management survey, you will be provided with a comprehensive report detailing the location and properties of any asbestos located or presumed to be within the building or site. This will include an assessment of the condition of the various ACMs and their potential to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed in some way. This material assessment will enable you to decide whether to manage any ACMs found or to have them removed.

If you choose to manage rather than remove any existing asbestos-containing materials, you will require an annual re-inspection survey. The re-inspection survey monitors the condition of the asbestos-containing material identified in your original survey and updates the register to ensure compliance.

Asbestos Surveys will often involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance. The extent of intrusion will vary between premises and depend on what is reasonably practicable for individual properties i.e. it will depend on factors such as the type of building, the nature of construction, accessibility etc.

REFURBISHMENT AND DEMOLITION SURVEYS

A refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition takes place on buildings built or refurbished before the year 2000. This type of survey is used to locate and describe as far as reasonably practicable all ACMs in the area where refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned.

A refurbishment and demolition survey may also be required when intrusive maintenance or repair work is being carried out or plant dismantling and removal is taking place.

Asbestos refurbishment and demolition surveys are fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection methods, as necessary, to gain access to all areas including those that may be difficult to reach. Aggressive inspection techniques may be required to lift carpets and floor tiles, break through walls, ceilings, cladding and partitions, and open up floors.

These types of surveys are usually done in unoccupied areas. This is to minimise the risk to personnel on the premises. Where practicable to do so, the building or area should not be operational and all furnishings should be removed prior to commencement of the survey.

LOCALISED PROJECT SURVEYS

As most demolition and refurbishment work is time critical, OccSafe Australia offers localised project surveys. Working collaboratively alongside your refurbishment or demolition teams, our consultant’s survey only the specific areas where work is planned and produce a survey report together with marked-up plans identifying the scope and specification of any items for removal.

Restricting the areas surveyed to those specifically affected by the work means that costs and time scales can be kept to a minimum. It also ensures that the project can be completed safely and efficiently without unnecessary delay.

BULK SAMPLING

Our experienced consultants undertake bulk sampling of suspect ACMs in accordance with the government regulations and guidelines.

The samples are then analysed at a NATA accredited laboratory.