Waikato Asbestos specialises in carrying out surveys to help clients make an informed decision on managing the asbestos risk in their workplace, by providing accurate information about the location, amount and condition of the asbestos and help clients decide if remedial action is required.
Engaging a competent surveyor to identify whether asbestos is or may be present is a practicable for a PCBU (Person who Controls a Business or an Undertaking) to fulfil their legal duty to ensure that asbestos is identified under the Health and Safety at Work Asbestos Regulations.
Asbestos Management Consultancy
Waikato Asbestos is not associated with an asbestos removal company and will provide independent advice to clients on the management of the asbestos risk in their workplaces, including assistance in preparing an Asbestos Management Plan.
An asbestos survey report is the first step in identifying the level of risk which arises from asbestos in a workplace and forms the basis for preparing an Asbestos Management Plan.
A Management Survey is our standard survey: Its purpose is to locate so far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs (Asbestos Containing Materials) in a building.
Refurbishment and Demolition Survey
A refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and describe, all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place.
Asbestos Survey Report
The survey report is a record of the information collected at a particular time on the presence and condition of ACMs. It will contain the information and data that will be used to prepare the risk assessment and management plan.
A Management Survey is our standard survey: Its purpose is to locate so far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs (Asbestos Containing Materials) in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess its condition.
Management surveys will involve some minor intrusive work and some disturbance. The extent of the intrusion will vary between premises and depend on what is reasonably practicable for individual properties, i.e. it will depend on factors such as type of building, the nature of construction etc.
A Management survey can involve a combination of sampling to confirm asbestos is present or presumed to be present.
The survey will include an assessment of the condition of the ACMs identified and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed in some way. This “material assessment” will give an initial guide for the priority for managing asbestos, as it will readily identify most materials which will release airborne fibres if they are disturbed.
Sampling & Analysis:
Sampling of materials likely to contain asbestos will be carried out in accordance with WorkSafe Guidance and the recommendations of HSG264 “The Asbestos Survey Guide”. Analysis to establish whether or not a sample contains asbestos will be carried out by an “Accredited Laboratory” in accordance with the requirements of the “Asbestos Regulations”.
Refurbishment and Demolition Survey
A refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place, or in the whole building if demolition is planned.
The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. A refurbishment and demolition survey may also be required in other circumstances, e.g. when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out, or for plant removal or dismantling.
The “Asbestos Regulations” impose a duty on a PCBU with management or control of the workplace, structure or plant to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that all asbestos likely to be disturbed by the demolition is identified and, so far as reasonably practicable, removed before the demolition is commenced. A similar duty applies to a PCBU that is to carry out demolition to a home.
Aggressive inspection techniques will be needed to lift carpets and tiles, break through walls, ceilings, cladding and partitions, and open up floors. In these situations, controls should be put in place to prevent the spread of debris, which may include asbestos. Refurbishment and demolition surveys should only be conducted in unoccupied areas to minimise risks to the public or employees on the premises. Ideally, the building should not be in service and all furnishings removed.
The ‘surveyed’ area must be shown to be fit for reoccupation before people move back in. This will require a thorough visual inspection and, if appropriate (e.g. where there has been significant destruction), reassurance air sampling with disturbance. Under no circumstances should staff remain in rooms or areas of buildings when intrusive sampling is performed.
Asbestos Survey Report
The survey report is a record of the information collected at a particular time on the presence and condition of ACMs. It will contain the information and data that will be used to prepare the risk assessment and management plan and to make decisions and judgements on the need for actions.
The report will be supplied either as a hard copy or as an electronic document, or both.
The report will contain the results of sample analyses.
The survey report shall contain the following sections:
- Executive summary
- Introduction covering the scope of work
- General site and survey information
- Survey results (including material assessment results)
- Conclusions and actions
- Bulk analysis results