An Asbestos Refurbishment Survey or Asbestos Demolition Survey is required to find the presence of any Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) before any works can take place.
Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys are intended to locate all of the asbestos within the building (or the relevant part), as far as reasonably practicable. It is a disruptive and fully intrusive survey which may need to penetrate all parts of the building structure. 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.
Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys should only be carried out in unoccupied areas to minimise risks to the public or employees on the premises, also ideally all furnishings removed. For minor refurbishment, this would only apply to the room involved or even part of the room where the work is small and the room large. In these situations, there should be effective isolation of the survey area (e.g. full floor to ceiling partition), and furnishings should be removed as far as possible or protected using sheeting. The ‘surveyed’ area must be shown to be fit for reoccupation before people move back in.