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Intertek offers comprehensive asbestos survey services in New Zealand to map the details of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) on a site and develop the necessary assessments and action plans.
Asbestos surveys are carried out to determine the location and extent of asbestos-containing materials on site. Risk and material assessments are also included in the surveys and an asbestos management plan can be compiled to effectively manage the ACMs.
Depending on the type of survey, the depth and intrusiveness varies.
After completion of the surveys, a management plan can be compiled to assist in safely managing the asbestos-containing materials. Effective management will reduce the risk of asbestos inhalation to the buildings occupants, general public and any workers who come into contact with it.
Asbestos management surveys are the most common type of survey performed. Its purpose is to locate and asses the condition of any asbestos-containing materials which can be disturbed or damaged during normal occupancy and during foreseeable maintenance work. Management surveys may involve some minor intrusive work, however this will be kept to a minimum where possible. Management surveys are ideal for establishing an initial asbestos register which can be used to create a management plan or action plan.
Refurbishment and demolition surveys are intended to locate all the asbestos in the building (or the relevant area), as far as reasonably practicable. It is a disruptive and fully intrusive survey which will need to penetrate all parts of the building structure. Under the new Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2015, all non domestic buildings need to have a refurbishment and demolition survey performed before any refurbishment and demolition work can start.
After a management survey has been carried out and upon completion of the register, an asbestos management plan may be compiled. The purpose of the management plan is to provide a guide, so any asbestos present can be managed effectively and safely, to protect the occupants, general public and any workers who may come into contact with it. Management plans may contain but are not limited to: