Asbestos diagnosis

Diagnosis before demolition
Decree on the protection of the population against the health risks associated with exposure to asbestos in built buildings.

The in the context of a sale is used: – to inform the owner and the purchaser of the presence or not of asbestos in the property concerned – to measure the danger in the event of its presence – to have the necessary work carried out on optionally.

The , within the framework of works or demolition of a good is used: – to inform the workers on the presence or not of asbestos in the parts to be modified or destroyed – to locate the possible asbestos – to protect the workers by having specific protections in place on the site.

Asbestos a rock whose fibers, infinitely small and invisible to the naked eye, have long been used in the composition of building materials.

Building professionals later realized that these fibers were inhaled by workers on construction sites, entered the respiratory tract and caused potentially fatal illnesses: – benign pleural damage => pain and decreased respiratory capacity – => fatal by respiratory failure – bronchopulmonary cancer => fatal – cancer of the pleura (Mesotelioma) => fatal.

How? ‘Or’ What ? The diagnostic operator will scrupulously inspect the asset to locate the possible presence of asbestos in the materials.

If in doubt about a material, he will have a sample analyzed by an approved professional laboratory.

Validity of the diagnosis carried out? The asbestos diagnosis before sale with the presence of materials containing asbestos, and depending on their type and condition, must be re-checked every 3 years.

The asbestos diagnosis before sale with the absence of materials likely to contain asbestos has an unlimited duration.

However, it is strongly recommended to carry out a new asbestos diagnosis for any new transaction because decorative modifications or even minor work may have revealed materials that may contain asbestos.

Example 1: when you bought your property, there was, in one of the rooms, a slightly worn and stained carpet.

You decided to remove it and found linoleum tiles underneath that did the job just fine for your use of the room.

These slabs are likely to contain asbestos.

Example 2: When you bought your property, there was a not very clean formwork running along the kitchen wall.

You decided to break this formwork and found behind a hard cement column that you repainted.

This duct is likely to contain asbestos.

In these 2 examples, the diagnostic operator, at the time of your purchase, could not identify the 2 suspect materials and integrate them into his report.

The carpet was glued to the floor and the formwork was cemented to the wall.

Today your property is different, the data is no longer the same.

The risks for the owner? The owner will not be exempt from the warranty for hidden defect in the event of the discovery of asbestos by the purchaser.

The purchaser may request the cancellation of the sale or a reduction in the sale price.

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