Frequently used in construction materials prior to 2000, asbestos was once considered a miracle material due to its fire-resistant and durable qualities.
However, we now know that prolonged exposure can lead to the development of various cancers such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. That’s why it is essential for any building constructed before 2000 to have an asbestos survey conducted regularly.
So how often should you get one?
1. When Buying a Property
It’s essential to get an asbestos survey done before making an offer on the property that was built prior to 2000. This survey will detect any asbestos present in the residence and provide advice for how best to manage or remove them safely. Doing so gives reassurance that there won’t be any unexpected expenses or shocks down the line.
2. Before Any Refurbishment or Demolition Works
Whether you’re planning a facelift for an older building, or demolishing one completely, it’s essential to get an asbestos survey done beforehand. This is because carrying out these works can stir up dangerous asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), releasing fibers that could be hazardous to those nearby. The refurb and demolition survey will locate any ACMs affected by the project and suggest safe ways of disposal/management. So don’t overlook this vital step before taking on your renovation job.
3. Every Three to Five Years
It’s essential to conduct an asbestos survey every three to five years, even if you don’t have any renovation or demolition projects in the works. ACMs can degrade over time due to weathering, damage, or maintenance efforts – so it’s wise to stay up to date on their condition. Regular surveys help identify any changes quickly and guarantee appropriate action is taken for management or removal of affected materials.
4. Following A Suspected Disturbance or Damage
If you believe that asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) have been disturbed or damaged, the responsible course of action is to organize an asbestos survey as soon as possible. This could be due to a mishap or ignorance on behalf of a contractor unaware of ACM presence. An inspection will determine any potential hazards and provide guidance for secure disposal or management.
5. If You Are Unsure
If you’re unsure if one is necessary, it’s best to take a precautionary approach and get one done. Not only are they relatively inexpensive, but the peace of mind that comes with knowing your environment is safe is invaluable.
It is paramount to have an asbestos survey conducted prior to any renovation or demolition of structures constructed before the year 2000, and it is highly recommended that these surveys are repeated every three-five years as well as whenever there’s a suspicion of disruption or damage.
Taking extra caution with your health and safety by making sure you get an inspection done can give you peace of mind on top of keeping everyone in the building safe from potential hazards.