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Management, refurbishment and demolition asbestos surveys

Fibresafe NZ 's qualified surveyors conduct asbestos management, refurbishment and demolition surveys. The purpose of asbestos surveying is to locate asbestos-containing materials. The type of survey depends on whether asbestos-containing materials are likely to remain in situ, or will need to be removed before refurbishments or demolition. It is also an important testing tool for building a strong asbestos management plan for both commercial and residential buildings. We ensure that the right sampling and recording techniques are applied to prevent incorrect test results or the cross-contamination of samples.

Fibresafe NZ ensures that all asbestos surveying reports are easy to read and that they are accurate and informative. With our Wellington-based testing laboratory we can keep the cost of your asbestos survey competitive too.

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Fibresafe NZ 's asbestos survey services

Fibresafe NZ is the leading company in New Zealand for asbestos survey solutions. We offer different types of asbestos surveys depending on the intentions for the building and the asbestos materials found. Whether you need to know where the asbestos is for management purposes, or if asbestos-containing materials are within your refurbishment scope, or where asbestos is in a building that has been scheduled for demolition, we can help. We conduct both residential asbestos surveys and commercial asbestos surveys.

All of the information that has been collected during the duration of the survey is securely backed up in our system should you need it in the future. Each survey we conduct includes sample taking and analysis. Fibresafe NZ also offers NZQA Accredited Asbestos Training, alongside our regular asbestos surveying services. You can become more aware of asbestos by taking our asbestos awareness online training course - it’s a foundation course that will help you know the vital information about asbestos.


Management Surveys
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Refurbishment Surveys
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Demolition Surveys
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Asbestos management surveys

Asbestos management surveys are for locating asbestos-containing materials that are either to remain in place and be managed, or that is to be removed. This type of asbestos survey is considered to be the standard survey type, offering a non-intrusive approach. This means that during the asbestos management survey process, no damage should occur to the building. However, some sample points may be visible, but there is careful consideration taken by our team to ensure that samples are as unnoticeable as possible.

Some items found may be presumed to contain asbestos, and this is because either the material item contains asbestos inside, which is unreachable, unsafe or if sampling may disrupt the integrity of the material. The asbestos management survey report you will be given will contain a variety of information. The asbestos survey will include items that have been identified as having no asbestos detected, photographs of each item, their condition and material risk score and a sample map. Included will also be locations of asbestos-containing items and recommendations on how to manage such items going forward.

  • Managing asbestos-containing materials until removal
  • Finding out the best way to remove asbestos
  • Great for building an asbestos management plan as the report contains asbestos material scores
  • Advice making it easier to plan around high-risk and low-risk materials
  • As this is a non-intrusive survey, materials hidden within the building structures may not be located
  • Not a satisfactory survey for refurbishment or demolition purposes


Refurbishment Surveys
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Asbestos refurbishment surveys

Asbestos refurbishment surveys are for when individual parts of a building are being altered in a way that may disturb any possible asbestos-containing materials in the refurbishment vicinity. This type of asbestos surveying is always required before a property can undergo any refurbishment work. They are usually conducted before any intrusive maintenance work or in the event of the dismantling of plant machinery.

  • It determines the presence of asbestos-containing materials within an area undergoing refurbishment or changes
  • Any asbestos items or materials located during the survey must be removed prior to demolition. 
  • Has a clearly defined scope as it is a Fully intrusive survey
  • The fully intrusiveness of the survey means holes will be made and floorings will be lifted within the scope area
  • Buildings within the scope area must be unoccupied during asbestos refurbishment surveys


Demolition Surveys
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Asbestos demolition surveys

This type of asbestos survey is for when a building is likely to contain asbestos and it's set to be demolished. This fully-intrusive survey must be completed before the demolition process begins, ensuring that no asbestos-containing materials are hidden within the building’s structures. 

  • As it is a fully-intrusive asbestos surveying option, all located asbestos-containing material items are removed before the demolition of the building
Get in contact with our specialist team today to discuss your needs to determine which type of asbestos survey is most appropriate for you. 

Fibresafe NZ also offer a wide range of other services including asbestos air sampling, soil testing for asbestos and mould and lead testing.

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Presumptive samples

The surveyor might have presumed some items within the building’s structure contains asbestos. This is generally found during management surveys when an item cannot be opened, reached or is too dangerous for us to sample.

The most common items presumed to contain asbestos during this type of surveying are hot water cylinders, gaskets or brake pads. Any item that has been strongly presumed to contain asbestos by the surveyor is usually because they have sampled the same type of material multiple times and it has returned a positive result. Presumed items should be treated as containing asbestos until further testing or checking has been carried out.

The asbestos register

All survey reports must contain an asbestos register as it gives details about the asbestos-containing item. These include the location, extent of the material, the product type, whether it was sampled and if it was presumed cross-referenced to be asbestos. Other identifying information includes what type of asbestos has been found, how easily the material can be to be disturbed, the condition it is in and what the surface treatment of the material is.

The register will additionally include a material assessment score too. All qualified surveyors in New Zealand use this international algorithm to assess the material assessment score that specifies a range of factors that influence the material assessment score. Different factors can contribute to a high-risk material assessment score, such as the material may be damaged, found to be a high-risk material or a material that is easily accessible or inadequately sealed.

Asbestos surveying services offered New Zealand wide

From Cape Reinga to Bluff, Fibresafe NZ can come to you. We offer a nationwide service for asbestos surveying and sampling, whether you are in the city, somewhere in the rolling hills or on a rural flat. Here at Fibresafe NZ, we are proud to say that all of our asbestos assessors and consultants are internationally qualified by the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) Contact us today.
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