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What Is An Asbestos Survey?

25th March 2020

Knowing what type of asbestos survey you need for your project can be puzzling. Here's a quick guide to help you choose the right asbestos survey.

What is an asbestos survey?

An asbestos survey is a survey that assesses if materials, typically in domestic or commercial properties (but can also include soils or other man-made containers such as ships, oil rigs, and utility facilities) contain asbestos-containing materials.

A ‘material assessment’ is required to:

  1. Find an asbestos-containing material (ACM) and record what it is, where it is and how much there is
  2. Record how accessible it is, its condition, and any surface treatment
  3. Record the asbestos type, by sampling and analysis, or by presuming

Do I need an asbestos survey?

Any building, domestic or commercial, in the UK built prior to the year 2000 may contain asbestos. Asbestos can remain in a building and be managed in-situ. Asbestos only becomes a problem once it’s disturbed, and asbestos fibres become airborne. Using preventative measures to control the risks of exposure to asbestos dust will protect against related illness and fatal diseases and will be the first step, as the duty holder, to achieving compliance.

What type of asbestos survey do I need?

There are 4 different types of asbestos survey available:

  1. Asbestos Management Survey – previously known as a type 2 asbestos survey, this survey is a minimum requirement for all non-domestic premises. It identifies all of the asbestos-containing materials (ACM) that could potentially be disturbed during the normal occupancy of the building. 
  2. Asbestos Re-Inspection Survey for this type of survey to be undertaken an existing asbestos survey or asbestos register should be in place. Re-inspection asbestos surveys are designed to allow a competent person to monitor and record the condition of any previously identified asbestos products within a building.
  3. Asbestos Refurbishment Survey – previously known as a type 3 asbestos survey this survey is required when specific plans of refurbishment or modernisation works are given to the asbestos surveyor. This survey, unlike the asbestos management survey, is intrusive and requires access to all areas of the building.
  4. (Pre) Demolition Asbestos Survey – this asbestos survey identifies all possible ACMs within the building/area.

With Lucion, when you acquire a commercial property asbestos survey, you will also receive an up to date, live, asbestos register as well as free access to our certified, compliance management software system, NexGen

Need help mapping out your asbestos management plan? Get in touch with our asbestos management team and start you journey to compliance today: Contact Us

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