9th November, 2017

What is an asbestos survey?

An asbestos survey is a survey undertaken within a building, property or structure, with the purpose of identifying asbestos containing materials.

But, since all asbestos was banned by the year 2000, why do you still need asbestos surveys?

Well, asbestos materials were very popular in the past, particularly from 1950 – 1980, and in fact, any building constructed before 2000 could (and is likely to) contain asbestos.

It is one of the requirements of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations to identify asbestos containing materials.

This is an important requirement because accidental disturbance of asbestos is harmful to health, and asbestos is the biggest cause of work related deaths in the UK.

An asbestos survey is an important step in establishing what asbestos containing materials are present, but it is important to get the right type of survey.

Management Asbestos Survey

This is the type of survey you need for normal building occupation. It is usually none-intrusive, and locates asbestos containing materials that may be disturbed by normal activities.

The management asbestos survey used to be known as a type 1 or type 2 survey, and is mostly a visual inspection, locating the type and condition of asbestos materials, with guidance for any remedial work or high-risk materials.

The aim of the management survey is to identify asbestos containing materials that need to managed during normal building occupation.

Refurbishment and Demolition Asbestos Survey

This is the type of survey you need for construction work, and is required in all areas affected by the construction work, for example upgrades, refurbishments or demolition.

It aims to locate and identify all asbestos containing materials, and is an intrusive survey. Samples of materials are taken for testing to confirm if asbestos is present and what type.

The refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey used to known as a type 3 survey, and will involve destructive inspection and asbestos disturbance.

The aim of the refurbishment and demolition survey is to identify the asbestos containing materials that need to be removed or protected from damage before work can go ahead.

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