The importance of an asbestos inventory

OVAM’s action plan ‘Asbestos-safe Flanders by 2040’ must make Flanders asbestos-safe by 2040 at the latest. A whole series of agreements and deadlines have been set that apply to public buildings and private homes and that (for the time being) are also set as a target for other buildings such as companies. Drawing up an asbestos inventory is the first step in mapping out all the asbestos present. In Belgium, the possession of an asbestos inventory was already mandatory for employers. But this obligation is now also extended to through the inclusion of an asbestos inventory in the Flemish Housing Pass. As of 2021, it will be mandatory to have an asbestos inventory when selling a housing unit with a risk construction year of 2001.

An asbestos inventory involves a thorough examination of a building and/or a site for the presence of asbestos. If the building dates from before 2001, there is a good chance that asbestos is present. The suspected asbestos materials are then examined by an accredited asbestos laboratory to give a decisive answer. In this way, the entire building/site is included in an asbestos inventory, including photo-reportage, plan identification and analysis reports. Based on this data, a risk analysis is also prepared. For each asbestos application, it is indicated who can use which asbestos removal technique to remove the asbestos-containing material. This can be a licensed asbestos removal contractor or a contractor. Based on the report and the required removal technique, a detailed cost estimate is added for each asbestos application.

Planning to sell your home? As of 2021, it is mandatory to have an asbestos inventory for homes with at-risk construction dates of 2001.

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