Asbestos survey: the “do”s and “don’t”s


The asbestos survey is a relevant topic in the decontamination industry. As it is one of the most frequent hazardous substances, it is very important to be aware of its potential presence in our environment, and an asbestos survey is crucial in ensuring the safety of all the actors involved.

It is highly recommended that an asbestos investigation is carried out by a specialist (company and experienced technician), as in many cases, to find asbestos, it is necessary to know where to look. In addition to those which are obvious (roofs and deposits), asbestos is often covered or mixed with other materials.

For example, it can be hidden behind parts of the structure, under other materials, be part of the paint on the walls, in the adhesives of light flooring, etc.

Engaging an asbestos specialist reduces the overall costs of the project, makes the investigation more accurate and minimises the possible subsequent complications of the work (stoppages, increased costs, penalties, etc.).

The most recent edition of the EDI Special Publication contains a detailed article about asbestos survey. If you would like to know more, the full document is available in hard copy and digital on our website.