Types of Asbestos Survey
There are numerous types of survey for asbestos containing materials. The duty-holder, building owner, employer and surveyor should understand the type of survey required, where it is needed, and what information should be kept.
The Management Survey purpose is required to manage asbestos containing materials during the normal occupation and use of premises. A Management Survey aims to ensure:
- no-one is harmed by the continuing presence of asbestos;
- that the asbestos remains in a satisfactory condition; and
- it is not disturbed or damaged accidentally
The duty-holder can make a Management Survey where the premises are simple and straightforward. Otherwise, a surveyor is needed.
The survey must locate asbestos containing materials that could be damaged or disturbed by normal activities, by foreseeable maintenance, or through installing new equipment. It involves minor intrusion and minor asbestos disturbance to make a Materials Assessment. This shows the ability of ACM, if disturbed, to release fibres into the air. It guides the client, e.g. in prioritising any remedial work.
Refurbishment / Pre-demolition Survey
The Refurbishment / Pre-demolition Survey is required where the premises, or part of it, need upgrading, refurbishment or demolition. Normally, a surveyor is required for Refurbishment / demolition surveys and it’s function will be to ensure that:
- no-one will be harmed by work on ACM in the premises or equipment;
- any work will be done by a competent contractor in accordance with regulations
The Survey must locate and identify all asbestos prior to the commencement of any structural work at the premises. By it’s nature, it involves destructive inspection and asbestos disturbance. The area to be surveyed must be vacant, and certified ‘fit for reoccupation’ once surveying is complete.
Building material condition changes over the years, as does the type of use of a particular room or building.
Re-inspections take the original survey information, and provide an update in context with the condition of the asbestos containing materials.