What is Included in an Asbestos Survey?

February 15, 2024

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Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was once widely used in construction materials due to its excellent fire resistance and durability. Asbestos surveys are crucial in identifying existing potential risks and aiding in the decision-making process when contemplating an investment. They have become an essential part of building management, renovation, and demolition processes, but what exactly is included in an asbestos survey?

1. Identification of Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACMs): The primary goal of an asbestos survey is to locate and identify any asbestos-containing materials in a building. These materials can be found in various forms, such as insulation, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roofing materials, etc. Surveyors are trained to recognize these materials and collect samples for testing.

2. Sample Collection: During an asbestos survey, trained professionals gather samples of suspected asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). While sampling, inspectors take all precautions to avoid the release of asbestos fibers into the air.

3. Sample Analysis: Once samples are collected, the surveyor will provide the samples to an accredited laboratory for analysis. The most common form of testing is Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM), which aims to distinguish an approximate percentage of asbestos within potential ACMs. If an accurate reading cannot be determined, other forms of analysis such as point counting may be used.

4. Assessment and Reporting: Once all samples have been analyzed, an assessment of the laboratory results will be completed by the surveyor and conveyed into a clear and concise report for the client. The report will include information such as where samples were collected, the types of materials the samples are composed of, approximately how much of the sample material is believed to be present at the site, and the estimated percentage of asbestos present within each sample material.

5. Consulting: After the report has been completed and delivered to the client, our licensed professionals are available to our clients to consult them on their next steps if any are necessary. Our asbestos surveyors are qualified, licensed, and trained professionals to ensure our clients have the necessary knowledge at their disposal to make the best decisions.

An asbestos survey is a comprehensive process that involves identifying, sampling, and assessing asbestos-containing materials in buildings. It plays a crucial role in pinpointing areas of potential liability and protecting the health and safety of individuals who may encounter any ACMs. Asbestos surveys are essential tools that assist our clients in identifying, budgeting, and planning around any future business risks. Whether you’re an investor looking to acquire or improve an asset, a property manager responsible for a commercia building, or a homeowner planning a renovation, understanding what is included in an asbestos survey is vital for ensuring compliance with regulations and safeguarding your investment.


Do you need an asbestos survey? Contact us online or call us at 866-545-3350 to schedule a survey with one of our asbestos specialists.

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