Asbestos Management Surveys are conducted to help manage asbestos containing materials during normal occupancy and are used as the basis for the mandatory asbestos management plan. The purpose of this type of survey is to inspect any likely locations where suspect material may be present and could be disturbed or damaged during normal occupancy. Representative samples are gathered for analysis and then assessed to confirm the presence or absence of asbestos fibres. The samples are delivered immediately to a totally independent UKAS accredited laboratory for testing, selected from our approved list, and a result is usually available within 48 hours.
When requested, priority assessments are generated to augment standard material assessments associated with Management Surveys.
All areas should be inspected and the findings assessed for likely risk. Even difficult to access areas, such as ducts, lift shafts, above false ceilings, and so on, should be inspected. Where materials cannot be inspected, these are to be presumed to contain asbestos.
Once the survey is completed a management plan can be developed. The object is to minimise risk to all employees and maintenance workers from exposure to asbestos. An exception where this type of survey could not be carried out would be in the case of fire-damaged property.
If your property has asbestos containing materials and you are managing the materials, the property should be re-inspected/ updated annually. However, there are some instances where this rule of thumb does not apply. If you are unsure if your survey is up to date or your property needs re-inspecting, please contact us on 01233 613 606.