The presence of asbestos materials carries with it a significant health risk. It is for this reason that asbestos testing and, if necessary, removal is critical.
There are two main types of asbestos testing or surveys. Here is a quick breakdown of the same, and a look at the instances when you should schedule each.
1. Management Asbestos Testing
This type of survey is a vital tool in the preparation of an asbestos register. The asbestos register, in turn, will help in developing an asbestos management plan.
With a management asbestos survey, the surveyor seeks to establish whether or not the presence of any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) poses any risks during normal occupancy.
This type of asbestos testing is recommended for all types of buildings, be it residential, commercial, or industrial. As the building owner or property manager, you can schedule the testing every couple of years.
2. Refurbishment And Demolition Asbestos Testing
There is a very high likelihood of ACMs being disturbed during maintenance or refurbishment and more so during demolition projects. When disturbed, the ACMs will release the asbestos fibres into the air where the building occupants and any other person passing by may inhale them.
It is your responsibility as a building owner or manager to schedule asbestos testing ahead of such works. The findings of this survey will give the refurbishment or demolition crew valuable insights on exactly what it is they will be dealing with during their project. With this information, the contractor can take the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of everyone.
Old Vs. Newer Buildings
It's always best to be safe than sorry, and especially on matters touching your health and that of others. That being the case, asbestos testing may not be necessary with newer buildings.
However, if yours is an older building, built before the total ban was imposed on the use of asbestos all across Australia in the year 2003, make asbestos testing a priority. Consider doing the same for buildings dating as far back as before the 1980s, when the country ceased the use of asbestos in domestic building materials.
Get It Done Right
Carefully consider the credentials when choosing who to engage in the survey. Ensure that the company is licensed to provide the service.
Professionals will not only ensure that the asbestos testing is conducted correctly and safely, but you will also get expert advice on what to do next.