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What is the Purpose of an Asbestos Survey?

What is the Purpose of an Asbestos Survey?

The purpose of an asbestos survey is to identify the locations where Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) exist and importantly to assess the relative ability of an Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) to release fibres into the air based on its present condition and friability, and accessibility should it be disturbed.

It is recommended that a survey must as far as practicable and at minimum, locate and record any presumed or known ACMs; inspect and record the accessibility and condition of any presumed or known ACMs; and determine and record the asbestos type, in order to manage the risk.

It must also satisfy The NSW Occupational Health & Safety Regulation 2001. Under the NSW Occupational Health & Safety Act 2000 an employer is required to take reasonable care to identify foreseeable hazards including asbestos, and to assess the risk posed by those hazards. The employer is to eliminate or control those risks and is to provide instruction, training and information, personal protective equipment, supervision, and any other appropriate measure.

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