Asbestos Auditing (or asbestos surveying) is a process that checks for the presence of asbestos on a property. This may happen in a variety of situations, such as if a building is about to have repairs or is going to be demolished, or to simply identify and register the presence of asbestos for future repair or renovation work.
Under the new Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016, there is a legal requirement for PCBU’s (Person Conducting a Business or an Undertaking) to know about their asbestos status, and have an asbestos management plan in place by April 2018.
There are different styles of asbestos audits (A.K.A asbestos surveys) specified in the new code of practice, Management or Pre-demolition which have different results and access requirements.
Worksafe New Zealand define asbestos as “a naturally occurring rock-forming mineral that has been used for thousands of years.” There are six types of asbestos, but white asbestos was the most common type used in New Zealand. Worksafe New Zealand also report that asbestos-related disease is the number one killer in New Zealand work places.
Asbestos was commonly used in building materials throughout the 1900’s. Buildings constructed post 1999 will be less likely to contain asbestos materials, but can still test positive for asbestos if imported materials have been used in the construction.
The disease and illness that asbestos causes can be deadly, with more than 170 New Zealanders dying each year from illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos. If your property is having renovations or is due to be demolished, this may cause the asbestos to be dislodged, which is a hazard for anyone exposed to it. So if your property was built in the era of asbestos, carrying out an asbestos audit by a qualified asbestos assessor is crucial. Plus, as mentioned above, it will soon be a legal requirement for people in business to be aware of the asbestos status of their property.
Precise have qualified asbestos assessors that can check your property for both the presence and condition of asbestos on site. Find more information here on our asbestos auditing and surveying services, including: