The Importance Of Asbestos Audits Throughout The Asbestos Abatement Process
As a homeowner or business owner, it is your responsibility to assess the risk and protect your family and workers from all the dangers that come with exposure to asbestos. Commissioning an asbestos auditing exercise on your property is a proactive way to go about executing this responsibility.
Who To Call
If you suspect that your building, residential or commercial, contains some asbestos, you should call a licensed inspector. The inspector will take charge of the asbestos auditing that will confirm or deny your suspicions. Your local asbestos removal company will more than likely have a qualified and licensed inspector on their team.
Before Asbestos Removal
The process of asbestos auditing will reveal whether or not there is any asbestos-containing material (ACM) in and around your property. Where the ACMs are present, the audit will reveal the exact type of asbestos and its condition or friability. Another primary goal of the audit is to identify the precise location of the asbestos-containing material within your property, be it in roofing material or the insulation in ceilings.
The inspector will make the identification through visual inspection as well as through testing the samples that they will collect from the site. The inspector will record the findings of the asbestos audit in a register.
During Removal Of Asbestos
After ascertaining the presence of asbestos-containing material, the next step is to remove it from your property. The removal crew will refer to the details filed in the asbestos register after the asbestos auditing when carrying out the actual removal.
Knowing what type of asbestos and where it is located will enable the crew to prepare better in terms of protective gear and the tools needed for removal. Additionally, this knowledge will help in ensuring faster turnaround times on the asbestos removal project.
An inspector will need to do an audit right after the removal exercise to ascertain that all the identified ACMs have been removed. Again, you will still need to commission a review of your property every few years. You will need to have a review typically after at least five years. At each review, the crew will be able to refer to the details in the register as recorded from the findings of the asbestos auditing exercise. The asbestos register is updated accordingly after every review.
Asbestos auditing is a very critical pre-asbestos abatement function. Engaging the services of an expert auditor or inspector at this stage will ensure that you have an excellent base to work with going forward.