Survey Information

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The Purpose of an Asbestos Survey

  • To help manage asbestos in your premises;
  • To provide information on the location, amount and condition of asbestos containing materials (ACM's);
  • To assess the level of damage or deterioration in the ACM's and decide if remedial action is required;
  • To use the survey information to prepare a record of the location of any absestos;
  • To help to indentify all the ACM's to be removed before any refurbishment of demolition works;

The Types of Survey

There are two different types of survey;

Management Survey

The purpose of a management survey is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspected ACM’s in the building, and to assess their condition.

Management surveys will involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance. A management survey will include an assessment of the condition of the ACM’s and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed. This assessment will give a good initial guide to the priority for managing ACM’s.

The survey will usually involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACM’s. A management survey may also involve presuming the presence of Asbestos.

Refurbishment and Demolition Survey

A refurbishment and demolition survey is required before any refurbishment or demolition is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACM’s in the area where the works 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 area’s. There is a specific requirement in the `Control of Asbestos Regulations’ for all ACM’s to be removed before major refurbishment or demolition.

Refurbishment and demolition surveys are intended to locate all the Asbestos in the building (or relevant part), as far as reasonably practicable. It is a disruptive and fully intrusive survey which will need to penetrate all parts of the building structure. Aggressive inspection techniques will be needed to lift carpets and tiles, break through walls, ceilings, cladding and partitions and open up floors, ducts etc. This type of survey should only be conducted in unoccupied premises, with all services isolated and furnishings removed.