The Survey

You should always presume any material contains asbestos unless there is strong evidence to suggest it does not.

S ome material obviously contains no asbestos such as glass, solid wooden doors, floorboards, bricks and stone. The building plans may provide evidence that other materials were used.

Regardless of whether there is no maintenance work planned and/or the premises are small, a competent person should always carry out your initial asbestos risk assessment. However The Asbestos Group provides a ‘no obligation’ quotation service to clients whatever the requirement. Surveys are carried out by our professionally trained surveyors to HSG264 standard and we carry out on-going quality control checks on our surveyors to maintain our high standard of work.


Did you know there were different types of asbestos surveys available on request?

Learn what each survey type consists of so you become aware of what survey type is best suited to your requirements.

Management Surveys (formerly type 2 survey)

A management survey is undertaken to address the risks from asbestos associated with the continued use of the building (ie normal occupancy and activities, and associated maintenance and development). This type of survey is performed to ensure that no one is harmed by the continued presence of asbestos in premises (ie ACMs remain in good condition and that no-one inadvertently disturbs ACMs during maintenance and other work). The purpose of this type of survey 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. All buildings normally require a management survey as part of the on-going arrangements to manage asbestos. Management surveys will often involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance.

Refurbishment / Demolition Surveys (formerly type 3 survey)

T here are also circumstances where a far more intrusive survey is necessary to establish the full extent and complete presence of asbestos. This type of survey is necessary prior to any refurbishment (including ‘minor’) or demolition work being carried out. These refurbishment/ demolition surveys will be much more intrusive and destructive compared with management surveys as their intention is to locate all the ACMs so that they can be removed before the refurbishment or demolition takes place. Refurbishment/demolition surveys are required as necessary when the needs or use of the building changes and the fabric of the building will be disturbed or complex fixed plant (eg large ovens) are to be dismantled.


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