What You Need to Know About Types of Asbestos Surveys

When it comes to asbestos surveys, there are two main types:

1. Management Asbestos Survey:

A management asbestos survey is a standard survey conducted to assess the presence and condition of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) within a building. The purpose of this survey is to identify any asbestos materials that may pose a risk to occupants or maintenance workers during normal use and occupancy of the building. The survey involves inspecting accessible areas and materials that are likely to be disturbed or damaged, such as ceilings, walls, floorings, and service ducts. The survey report provides information on the location, condition, and extent of identified asbestos materials, along with recommendations for management and control measures.

2. Refurbishment or Demolition Asbestos Survey:

A refurbishment or demolition asbestos survey, also known as an R&D survey, is conducted prior to major refurbishment or demolition works in a building. The purpose of this survey is to locate and assess all asbestos materials within the areas that will be affected by the planned works. The survey is more intrusive than a management survey, and it may involve destructive inspection methods, such as taking samples from materials suspected to contain asbestos. The survey report provides comprehensive information on the presence, location, and condition of asbestos materials, along with recommendations for safe removal and disposal procedures.

It’s important to note that asbestos surveys should be carried out by qualified and competent professionals who have the necessary training and expertise in asbestos identification and management. The surveys help ensure the safety of occupants, workers, and the general public by effectively managing the risks associated with asbestos-containing materials.