An asbestos demolition survey is needed before undertaking demolition works.
This type of survey is fully intrusive and involves extensively destructive inspection methods to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach.
Aggressive inspection techniques will be required to lift up carpets and floor tiles, break through walls, ceilings, cladding and partitions, and open up floors.
Asbestos demolition surveys should be completed in unoccupied buildings and in advance of any project start date. The purpose of this is to minimise risks to personnel within the premises as excessive damage to the building is likely to occur. Where practicable to do the building or area should not be operational and all furnishings should be vacated or this will restrict the surveyors access!
The current asbestos survey guidance makes clear reference to the difference in the level of survey required for refurbishment works and for complete demolition of a building. In line with asbestos guidance, demolition is only utilised as a descriptive when the entire building / site or part of a building is to be demolished and removed in its entirety. As such when an asbestos demolition survey is requested the scope of works is self-explanatory. An asbestos demolition survey must achieve full identification of all asbestos containing materials (ACMs) within all areas of the building, as far as is reasonably practicable.
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