The purpose of an asbestos survey is to locate, as far as is reasonably practicable, the presence of any asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupation including routine maintenance within the building or before any structural work begins at any stated location.
The information captured within a survey should be used to help manage asbestos in the dutyholder’s premises. The survey information should provide sufficient information to;
- enable the formulation of an asbestos register and plan
- ensure a suitable risk assessment is carried out
- facilitate the preparation of a written plan to manage the risks to ensure that:
- Nobody is harmed by the continuing presence of ACM’s in the premises or equipment;
- That the ACM’s identified remain in good condition;
- That nobody disturbs it accidentally
Types of survey
The type of asbestos survey needed will be dependent on you and your property’s specific requirements. This will be established during the survey planning phase.
Importantly, any survey information should form part of the ongoing asbestos register. If survey data is captured correctly it may negate the need for future surveying, therefore saving time/cost.
The types of surveys are described in detail within HSG264 – Asbestos: The survey guide, but in summary:
- Management Survey – A management survey is the standard survey. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.
- Refurbishment and demolition surveys – A refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned. The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. A refurbishment and demolition survey may also be required in other circumstances, e.g. when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or for plant removal or dismantling.