Asbestos, once considered a versatile and widely used material, is now recognised as a serious health hazard. When released into the air and inhaled, its microscopic fibres can cause severe health issues, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Due to the risks associated with asbestos, managing its presence in buildings is paramount. This article aims to shed light on the purpose of asbestos management surveys, highlighting their significance in protecting human health and ensuring compliance with regulatory standards.
Identifying and Assessing Asbestos
The primary purpose of an asbestos management survey is to identify and assess the presence of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in a building. Trained asbestos surveyors thoroughly inspect the premises, visually inspecting and sampling materials suspected to contain asbestos.
These samples are then analysed in a certified laboratory to determine the asbestos content accurately. By identifying ACMs, property owners can prioritise their management strategies and take necessary precautions to prevent fibre release.
Risk Assessment and Prioritisation
Once ACMs are identified, a comprehensive risk assessment is performed during the management survey. This evaluation considers factors such as the materials’ condition, location, and likelihood of disturbance. By assessing these risks, property owners and managers can determine the urgency and priority of actions required to mitigate the asbestos threat effectively. It enables them to allocate resources appropriately, focusing on areas with the highest potential for fibre release.
Formulating an Effective Management Plan
The data collected during the asbestos management survey is the foundation for developing an effective management plan. This plan outlines the strategies and procedures to ensure the safe management of asbestos within the premises. It includes recommendations for encapsulation, enclosure, or removal of ACMs, depending on their condition and the level of risk they pose. The management plan also includes provisions for regular inspections, maintenance, and asbestos air monitoring, establishing a proactive approach to asbestos management.
Compliance with Legal and Regulatory Requirements
Another critical purpose of asbestos management surveys is to guarantee compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. In many countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, stringent regulations regarding asbestos management exist.
Regular surveys and implementing appropriate control measures are essential to meet these legal obligations.
To conduct such survey, you may reach out to Global Asbestos Audits. We conduct regular surveys and proactive asbestos management practices that are fundamental in safeguarding the well-being of individuals and communities. Contact us for more information.