Asbestos Surveys for Demolition and Refurbishment

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At Opira, we have experienced Scientists and technicians that can undertake detailed Asbestos Surveys for Demolition and Refurbishment

Asbestos surveys before demolition

Unidentified asbestos-containing materials can pose significant health and financial risks if they aren’t correctly managed before the commencement of refurbishment or demolition projects.

Plan to avoid unexpected expensive delays to your project

If you’re planning on construction, renovations, and/or demolition of a building completed before 31 December 2003 there is a probability that asbestos may be present on the site. Even if an asbestos register exists for the site/property, it is still likely that obscured asbestos may not have been identified or suspected materials have not yet been confirmed as asbestos-containing.

Legal and regulatory obligations for businesses, owners, and project managers

Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 it is a requirement to identify all asbestos-containing materials, so far as reasonably practicable, before conducting demolition and refurbishment.

Does asbestos require removal?

Generally speaking, enclosed or inaccessible building materials pose a low level of risk during regular activities and maintenance. In many cases where the impact from risk is deemed to be low, gaining access to enclosed building materials that may contain asbestos can be an unnecessary cost.

Asbestos register vs. management plan vs. demolition survey?

Building asbestos surveys for demolition and refurbishment works are generally more involved than asbestos surveys for registers and management plans. They may include the invasive sampling of surfaces, the removal or breaking of surface linings to gain access to floor voids, wall linings, and ceiling/roof linings.

Before the commencement of an asbestos demolition survey

Demolition and refurbishment surveys should only be conducted within unoccupied areas to minimise possible exposure to asbestos fibres. Electrical gas and water services may be required to be isolated to safely inspect some areas such as plant gaskets, electrical fuse boards and cable wraps.

Reporting 

Asbestos demolition and refurbishment surveys should include NATA accredited analysis of areas suspected to contain asbestos and should include dimensions of these areas to assist asbestos removal contractors to provide pricing for removal and demolition works.

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