You may have heard of an asbestos management survey – it was formerly known as the type 2 asbestos survey. As a manager or owner of property determined to sell or rent out the property, it’s essential for you to have such a report made, and for very good reasons. Asbestos is a very dangerous material that was commonly used in construction a few decades ago, before the hazards were widely known. Your property must be free of asbestos; or at the very least, the asbestos present should be considered safe and not pose a health problem. Why exactly is this important? Here’s how a proper asbestos management survey can benefit you in different ways.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a material that was often used in construction a few decades ago. Asbestos was considered to be a good material due to its properties in terms of fire resistance, moisture resistance, chemical resistance and sound proofing. Fortunately scientists in the medical community have learned that asbestos can release fibres that float in the air and that, after prolonged exposure, can cause cancer and other pulmonary diseases and ailments, many of them fatal.
What is an asbestos survey?
An asbestos management survey is a survey of the property whereby there is a visual inspection to identify areas where there may be asbestos. If any asbestos – or construction with the use of asbestos – is found, a risk assessment is done to determine if there is a health hazard. Areas that are usually inspected are doors, walls, ceilings, roofing, pipes, and tanks, and any areas which at one point in time required insulation.
Why you need the survey
Asbestos is no longer used in construction, but older buildings (or buildings that have been constructed with older materials) may still contain the hazardous material. It is the responsibility of the owner and manager of the property to know where (if any) of those hazardous materials are, and what the risk is to the occupants of the property.
It influences the value
The presence (or absence) of asbestos on the property can significantly influence the valuation of the property – and this means there could be a higher or lower selling price when it comes to sale, or lower or higher income when it comes to renting and letting.
Often people complain that the government interferes too much with the business of the property owner – and perhaps they are correct in some ways. However, when it comes to asbestos, there should never be any doubt; it’s a serious health concern that should never be underestimated. It’s very important that you should have the property surveyed and the asbestos reports drawn up. It’s not just a duty, it’s also an important responsibility. There’s simply too much at stake.
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