Example removal scenario

Your asbestos managing survey has identified an asbestos containing texture coated (Artex) ceiling, which is now listed on your management plan.  You want to have it removed as you are refurbishing that room.  You send your survey and management plan across to a selection of contractors and await their quotes.

They should all come back and advise that you need a Refurbishment/Pre Demolition (RD) survey carried out.  But the asbestos has been identified, so why is this needed?

You have identified the textured coating, but you are now disturbing the fabric of the building so you need to know what it is applied to and what the surrounding area contains.

Suggested worst case scenario:

Asbestos Textured Coating applied to

- Asbestos Insulation Board and above that there is

- Asbestos Sprayed Coating to a hidden RSJ in the ceiling void.

The control measures and removal methods for each of the above Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) are not the same, so it is necessary to identify all the risks.....Not to mention the non asbestos risk of the baby grand piano that is on the floor above falling through the ceiling that you have just disturbed!