Demolition asbestos survey was previously known as Type 3 Asbestos Survey. It is mandatory for a building to undertake this survey, if the building or part of the building is scheduled for any type of refurbishment or demolition. Although, in case of partial demolition / refurbishment, only the affected part could be surveyed to evaluate the impact of bad asbestos on the health of people as well as on the surrounding environment. Demolition asbestos survey checks for the presence of asbestos in any of the materials present at the survey site.
The use of asbestos has been banned in UK under a government order given in mid of 1980s. According to certain estimates, at least half of the asbestos used in the construction industry is still present in the buildings of UK. It has been found that any disturbance to these buildings containing asbestos have a high potential of causing several health issues including death in worst cases.
For the first time in 2002, UK government laid down the regulations to control the effect of asbestos on health of people. It is known as The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 abbreviated as CAWR2002. It became mandatory for all the commercial buildings to comply these new regulations strictly from 21 May 2004 onwards. These regulations were further updated in 2010 and were renamed as The Control of Asbestos Regulations making it mandatory to undertake either The Maintenance Survey or The Demolition / Refurbishment Survey as the case may be. (more...)