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What is an Asbestos Survey and Do I Need One?

What is an Asbestos Survey and Do I Need One?

Posted on Sunday 7th February 2016 by Graham

Basically an asbestos survey will help you to manage asbestos within your premises and should detail accurate information about the location, amount of asbestos-containing materials and most certainly the type of ACMs
It is highly recommended that you arrange and carry out a survey if there is any suspicion of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in your premises.

It is certainly good practice to have an asbestos survey carried out so you can be 100% certain whether there is asbestos present or not in the premises.

The Asbestos Survey

The survey should help to provide enough detailed and valuable information so that the following can be prepared:

  • Asbestos register
  • A risk assessment
  • A management plan

Within the survey it should usually include sampling and analysis to determine the presence of asbestos, as a result the asbestos survey should only be carried out by competent surveyors who understand and can clearly demonstrate they have the appropriate skills, experience and qualifications.

What an asbestos survey will identify

  • The location of any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) within the building
  • The type of asbestos they contain
  • The condition these asbestos-containing materials are in

Following the survey, the surveyor should produce a detailed report which details the exact findings. This information will then enable you to prepare a detailed asbestos risk register.

Do I need an asbestos survey?

If you are responsible for or own a non-domestic property, such as:

  • A shop
  • Office
  • Industrial property

anywhere within the UK, which was built before 2000, then yes, you are required to have an asbestos management survey in place at all times. You must also note that if the property has previously been shown to contain asbestos-containing materials then the survey has to be actioned accordingly and regularly re-inspected which is normally on a yearly basis. In addition to this if you have a property which was built before 2000 and you plan to carry out any refurbishment or demolition work on it, then you will require a refurbishment and demolition survey. These are legal requirements which are governed and monitored by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Important key points to remember:

  1. If you own or are responsible for a commercial property and you fail to manage your asbestos correctly then you could face prosecution.
  2. It's a legal requirement that before any refurbishment or demolition work, you will need a Refurbishment and Demolition Survey to make sure that nobody is harmed by asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) whilst working on the premises.
  3. We recommend that you use UKAS Accredited ISO 17020 Asbestos Surveyors for peace of mind. - It is better to be safe than sorry!

If you are in any doubt about your compliance or obligations to undertake an asbestos survey, simply contact usand we will be happy to assist or advise you further.

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