What is an Asbestos Management Survey?
An Asbestos Management Survey (formerly a Type 2 Survey) is the minimum asbestos survey required under law and is required in any commercial property that was built before 2000.
An Asbestos Management Survey is generally referred to as a standard survey. The purpose of this inspection is to locate and identify, as far as is reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) in the premises and assess their condition for implementing Regulation 4 ‘Duty to Manage Asbestos in Non Domestic Properties' as stated in Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012).
An Asbestos Management Survey will identify asbestos containing materials which could become damaged or disturbed during normal everyday occupancy and will include any foreseeable maintenance activities. An assessment on the condition of the materials will also be made.
What's involved in an Asbestos Management Survey?
Asbestos Management Surveys can entail some intrusive work and some disturbance. The level of this intrusion will differ between sites, and your Asguard surveyor will give you a more detailed breakdown of what's involved on your specific site. Various factors will apply such as building type, building construction and general accessibility. Our highly experienced surveyors will inspect all areas of the building (including floors, walls, ceilings, within suspended ceiling voids, loft voids, accessible risers etc), and locate asbestos containing materials (ACM's). This survey will not cause major damage to the building or areas. The asbestos management survey, where required, will involve the collection of suspect samples, followed by the analysis of the samples, to confirm the presence or absence of asbestos.
Asbestos Management Surveys and Domestic Properties
The 'Duty to Manage Asbestos' requirements of Regulation 4 of CAR 2012 do not normally apply to domestic premises. However, the requirements do apply to common parts of premises, including housing developments and blocks of flats. These requirements mean that organisations such as local authorities, housing associations, social housing management companies and others who own, or are responsible for domestic properties, have legal duties to ensure the health and safety of their staff, contractors and others in domestic premises.
Is an Asbestos Management Survey the right survey for you?
Asbestos Management Surveys can cover everyday and simple maintenance work. However the duty holder should be aware that where 'more extensive' maintenance or repair work is required, a management survey may not provide adequate information to enable the works. More intrusive investigation may be required in the form of an asbestos refurbishment survey. An Asbestos Refurbishment Survey or an Asbestos Demolition Surveyshould be undertaken prior to any works which disturbs the fabric of the building.