SESA perform asbestos surveys and asbestos audits in Sydney, Canberra and throughout NSW and ACT. Asbestos surveys are carried out for asbestos identification and reporting in accordance with the Code of Practice 2011 "How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace" and the UK Health & Safety Executive HSE – “The Survey Guide 2010”.
Asbestos surveys aim at identifying asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in a building or structure and can be of two types:
Management Asbestos Surveys
A management asbestos survey is the standard survey required during the normal occupation and use of a building that is likely to contain asbestos to ensure identification and ongoing in-situ management of the asbestos containing materials (ACMs). The purpose of the management asbestos survey is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition, extent, friability, accessibility and their potential to release airborne asbestos fibres.
Refurbishment or Demolition Asbestos Survey
A refurbishment or demolition asbestos survey is required prior to refurbishment or demolition of the building or area of the building for the purpose of identifying as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned.This asbestos survey is intrusive and involves destructive inspection to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. For this purpose the survey can only be undertaken when the building is unoccupied. The asbestos surveys usually involve sampling and analysis of samples by NATA accredited laboratory to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs. However, it can also involve just presuming the presence or absence of asbestos without sampling or a combination of sampling ACMs and presuming ACMs. The management asbestos surveys usually involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance.Information collected during the asbestos survey which will be used in a qualitative risk assessment and reported in the asbestos survey report and included in the Asbestos Register:
- Asbestos product type
- Location of the material
- Extent (or quantity) of the material
- Asbestos type
- Accessibility and/or vulnerability of the material
- Amount of damage or deterioration
- Surface treatment (if any)
Where required by the client we extend the scope of the survey and assessment to cover some or all hazardous building materials including lead based paint and lead dust in ceiling and on surfaces, synthetic mineral fibre (SMF), Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Capacitors and ozone depleting substances.