Asbestos Survey Types

If you are a duty-holder, building owner, employer or surveyor, you must ensure that the correct asbestos survey has been conducted for your non-domestic building. This is a legal requirement and must be carried out if asbestos containing materials (ACM) are present due to the dangerous nature of asbestos.

We can provide you with the correct asbestos survey type for your business.

Following the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, anyone who is responsible for maintaining a non-domestic property has a legal duty to manage any asbestos within it. This requires the correct asbestos survey to be carried out if asbestos containing materials (ACM) are present.

Asbestos is extremely dangerous if disturbed, because of this, if an employer is found to have conducted an inappropriate asbestos survey or to have failed to conduct one at all, HSE will seek to prosecute. Consequences for failing to abide by the regulations on asbestos can be severe, taking the form of heavy fines and potential jail time. Therefore, it is essential that your business ensures it is aware of the correct asbestos survey types and which is needed to comply with UK law.

The purpose of an asbestos survey is to make a materials assessment. This will involve the following:

  • Identifying ACM, recording what material it is, where it is and how much is present
  • Recording the accessibility of the ACM, its condition and any surface treatment
  • Recording which type of asbestos it is by sampling.

Types of Asbestos Survey

There are two asbestos survey types for ACM. These are:

A Management Survey (formerly known as type 1 and 2) which is required to manage ACM during normal occupation and use of the work premises
A Refurbishment/Demolition Survey (formerly known as type 3) which is required where upgrading, refurbishment or demolition work is needed in the workplace.

The different asbestos survey types are required for different reasons. A Management Survey will ensure that nobody is harmed by the presence of ACM, that ACM is in good condition and that nobody can disturb it accidentally. In contrast, a Refurbishment/Demolition Survey will ensure that nobody is harmed by work on ACM and that work is completed by a competent contractor in the correct way.

We can provide your business with fully accredited health and safety consultants, who can identify which asbestos survey type your workplace requires, and undertake the appropriate survey.

Our NEBOSH-accredited consultants are experienced and qualified in handling asbestos. It is vital that a professional conducts any work on asbestos due to the dangerous fibres which can be inhaled. Our experts can ensure that your employees and your business are fully protected from the risks of asbestos.

For more information and advice on asbestos survey types, and to find out which survey your business requires, call us today on 0800 211 8331.

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