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Asbestos Management Survey

The Asbestos Management Survey is a standard asbestos survey that should be carried out for the continued management of asbestos within the building. The Management Survey is a combination of both the type 1 and type 2 surveys, which includes sampling, but may be restricted to sampling only those materials where the presumption of asbestos could create difficulties or unnecessary expense for the building’s duty holder.

The purpose and aims of the survey is to locate and ascertain the presence and extent of any suspect Asbestos Containing Materials within the building or structure and assess their material condition. The survey will primarily involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs.

 

What Does An Asbestos Management Survey Involve?

A Management surveys will often involve some minor investigative or intrusive work and some disturbance. The extent of intrusion will depend on what is reasonably practicable for each individual premise and on the factors such as the type of building, construction and accessibility etc.

 

What Should The Survey Include?

The survey should include an assessment of the condition of the various ACMs and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed in some way, which will give guide to the duty holder on how to manage and priorities the ACM’s, as it will identify the materials which will have the potential to release airborne fibres readily if they are disturbed.

However a management asbestos survey can also involve presumptive information to the presence or absence of an ACM, through the inability to access or purely through the risk associated with the carrying out the survey within a high risk location and therefore should be presumed to contain asbestos.

An Asbestos management survey can be completed using a combination of both sampling and presuming ACMs or just presuming. Any materials presumed to contain asbestos must also be assessed (ie material assessment), the sampling and analysis can be deferred until a later time (eg prior to any refurbishment or maintenance work being carried out). However; this approach has implications through the continual management of the ACM, as the duty holder is potentially managing a non-ACMs and incurring unnecessary cost and any work which is carried out on “presumed” materials would need to involve the appropriate contractors and associated work methods in compliance with Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 irrespective if the material was actually an ACM or not.

Alternatively, prior to any work starting, sampling and analysis can be undertaken to confirm or refute the presence of asbestos. The results of the sampling will determine the proposed work methods and the contractors which are to be used. The “presumption” approach has the disadvantages, which can lead to delays before work can start and it is more difficult to control, but may be suitable in some instances eg “small” or simple premises.

Sampling of ACM’s are carried out as part of the management survey, each type of suspect ACM should be sampled, collected and analysed. If the material upon analysis is found to contain asbestos, other materials of similar use or construction within the building can be strongly presumed to contain asbestos. Less homogeneous materials (eg different surfaces/coating, evidence of repair etc) will require a greater number of samples. The sample number should be sufficient for the surveyor to make an assessment of whether the material has an asbestos content or not. Sampling may take place in conjunction with the survey, or on some larger surveys, can be carried out later as a separate exercise.

All areas as far as reasonably practicable should be accessed and inspected, which includes under carpets, above false ceilings, inside risers, service ducts and lift shafts etc. It may also involve some minor intrusive work such as accessing behind fascia and panels, other surfaces or superficial material. The extent of intrusion will depend on the scope of the work that is or will be necessary for foreseeable maintenance activities. This should also include where there is a necessity for the installation of new equipment/cabling.

If you would like to discuss the options available to you, or would like specific advice about different types of asbestos surveys, we will be very pleased to talk with you by telephone at any time on 01142 431 239. Alternatively click here to send us a message.

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