Asbestos is a group of minerals that are naturally occurring and have been widely used in a variety of products because of their physical properties, such as resistance to heat, fire, and chemical degradation. However, asbestos has been linked to serious health problems, including lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, chest, and abdomen. As a result, it is important to identify and properly manage asbestos in buildings to protect the health of those who may be exposed to it.
An asbestos testing and survey is a process that involves collecting samples of materials from a building and sending them to a laboratory for analysis to determine whether they contain asbestos. This is typically done by a professional asbestos consultant or an asbestos testing company. The results of the testing will help to determine the presence, location, and condition of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in the building, as well as the potential risks associated with them.
An asbestos survey can be either a management survey or a refurbishment and demolition survey. A management survey is typically conducted to identify the location and condition of ACMs in a building, so that a plan can be developed to manage them safely. A refurbishment and demolition survey is conducted when a building is going to be renovated or demolished, to identify any ACMs that may be disturbed during the work.
If asbestos is found in a building, it is important to follow proper procedures for handling and removing it to minimize the risk of exposure. This may involve hiring a professional asbestos abatement company to remove the ACMs or enclosing them to prevent exposure.
It is important to note that asbestos testing and surveys should only be conducted by trained professionals who have the knowledge, skills, and equipment necessary to properly identify and handle asbestos. If you are concerned about the presence of asbestos in a building, it is recommended to hire a qualified asbestos consultant or testing company to conduct a survey and provide guidance on how to properly manage the ACMs.