Why you Need a Reinspection Survey for the Presence of Asbestos

If there has been an inspection of asbestos at a property that you are responsible for, there could be reason for a professional and licensed asbestos management team to return to the premises after a designated period to reinspect asbestos. You can never be too careful when it comes to the presence of asbestos in a building, especially if the asbestos-containing materials had been disturbed in anyway. After an initial asbestos survey and subsequent management of asbestos, the next step could be return for an asbestos reinspection, making sure that the processes put in place have, in fact, worked as intended and are keeping everyone safe.

Asbestos reinspection services are an important part of the asbestos management process. This is especially the case in situations where asbestos is found in buildings from post-2000, after the full ban on asbestos took place. There is a need to be extra careful in these situations, as the materials should not be there in the first place.

During an asbestos reinspection the licensed asbestos surveyor examines the asbestos-containing materials that have been managed previously, maybe they have been refurbished or part of a demolition survey. The idea is to check for any further damage or degradation and to see if there has been a change in the risk posed by each individual material that contains asbestos. The materials are photographed and documented, with samples tested before a full report is put together to highlight any further issues that need to be addressed.

Depending on the situation, an asbestos reinspection should generally take place once a year at least. If there is a thought that there is potential risk to health and safety, it could be reinspected on a more regular basis.

You can never be too careful when it comes to the presence of asbestos in buildings. Although it was banned in construction back in 1999 in the UK, it was used extensively for many decades in construction and engineering and can still be found in many buildings that were built prior to the ban. This is why there is such great care taken to identify potential asbestos-containing materials in schools and healthcare establishments, as there is a real chance that exposure to asbestos in an NHS setting could cause long-term problems for healthcare professionals who work in close proximity to asbestos without realising it.

If you are worried about asbestos and asbestos-containing materials in a building that you are responsible for you should seek out the assistance of a licensed asbestos survey company as soon as possible. There is no point in wasting any time when it comes to asbestos, as it is a potentially lethal substance that can cause long-lasting damage and illness to those who come into contact with disturbed asbestos fibres. Depending on the situation there may be a need for an asbestos reinspection, but this is something that will be discussed in full with your contractor at the time of the project being undertaken. Although the principles of asbestos management remain the same at all times, each location and scene is unique and poses different challenges.

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