Asbestos is a naturally hazardous mineral that is often found in building materials. Exposure to asbestos fibers can result in health risks such as cancer and lung disorders. Building owners and landlords are responsible for ensuring their properties are free of asbestos containing materials (ACM).
Sampling and laboratory analysis is required to identify any ACM within the premises. This can be accomplished through an asbestos survey carried out by a qualified property inspector. Asbestos-related issues that are not solved immediately can cause injury and even legal fines.
Prior to the survey, the trained surveyors should have full access to the property to prevent any delays in the process. The property should also be vacated so the inspection can be completed as smoothly as possible.
An asbestos survey often involves the following steps:
Examples of Code C1 include exposed live wires that are accessible to human touch and conductive parts that have become exposed.
Examples of Code C2 include the absence or a reliable earthing, and when a metallic pipe is used for flammable liquids like gases.
Examples of Code C3 include the absence of a \'Safety Electrical Connection - Do Not Remove\' sign, and socket outlets mounted incorrectly.
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There are three kinds of asbestos survey depending on a building’s specific characteristics:
A periodic inspection must be carried out when selling a previously owned house, or if the property is a house in multiple occupation (HMO).