What is a Re-Inspection Asbestos Survey
Asbestos re-inspection surveys are the industry’s standard to effectively formally inspect your buildings ACM’s (asbestos containing materials) on a regular basis. For more simple buildings with low-risk materials this could be done by a competent duty holder as part of the building’s asbestos management plan.
The frequency of the re-inspections will be dependent upon the asbestos type, location and vulnerability. For example, an asbestos cement warehouse roof will not need to be inspected as frequently as a fire door externally lined with an insulating board in a high traffic area.
A re-inspection survey can only take place in buildings where an asbestos management survey has already been previously undertaken. When undertaking the first re-inspection it’s not uncommon for us to add additional samples or remove previously presumed samples. It should be noted that on rare occasions we find it easier & more cost effective to re-survey if the original report is of particularly poor quality.
This type of survey is unsuitable for major refurbishment works.
If your management survey has not identified ACM’s or added non access areas then you have no duty to manage, however if your building is older than 1999 then you will need to undertake a refurbishment survey prior any intrusive / structural changes to your proposed works.
Where Do Re-Inspection Surveys Apply?
The following buildings where asbestos has been identified
- Buildings where an asbestos management survey is already in place
- Commercial / Office Buildings
- Industrial Buildings
- Farm Buildings
- Communal Areas for Residential Properties.