Asbestos identification & Surveys
Generally, the first step in asbestos management and removal is the completion of an asbestos survey which is normally initiated by an enquiry from a client or contractor. Gravity employ independent, impartial, experienced and fully insured asbestos surveyors to carry out the survey most applicable to your project requirements.
The initial survey identifies, quantifies & determines the condition of the asbestos containing material (ACM) through expert analysis of all samples obtained. Each asbestos survey issued will consist of a full written report with referenced photographs, which detail any asbestos material found or suspected to be present. A member of our asbestos management team will then discuss the project plans in detail with you, ensuring that all asbestos removal works are completed in the safest and most practical manner possible, minimising disruption to your current operation and complying fully with regulatory requirements.
Management Surveys are undertaken in order to allow the ‘Duty Holder’ to understand and manage the asbestos within their property and to achieve compliance with the Health and Safety Authority’s guidelines for the management of asbestos-containing materials in the workplace. This type of survey is generally non-intrusive and seeks to identify any asbestos-containing material’s (ACM’s) which might be damaged or disturbed during normal building occupancy. Management surveys are undertaken in order to produce an accurate asbestos register and provide an overview of ACMs to all key stakeholders, including those who are undertaking routine cleaning and maintenance within the property.
Refurbishment Surveys are undertaken whenever works are planned to take place and the fabric of the building will be disturbed. This type of survey is intrusive by nature and will go over and above the scope that is generally included in a management survey in order to ensure that any asbestos containing material present within proposed work areas are identified. The survey will be planned to investigate all areas of proposed work and therefore careful planning and exchange of information is essential.
Demolition Surveys are undertaken whenever there is a requirement to demolish a property. This type of survey seeks to identify all asbestos containing material in the property and will require destructive access to all areas by the Surveyor. Due to the nature of this type of survey, it is often not possible to re-occupy the property after the survey has been completed.