If you are looking to have an asbestos survey professionally undertaken on your property, you may be wondering which survey type is best for your project. In this blog, we discuss the asbestos management survey in further detail. Read on to find out more.

When is an asbestos management survey used?

Formally known as the Type 2 asbestos survey, the management survey is required for general occupancy of the building, which will likely remain occupied throughout the duration of the survey. As the property is likely to remain occupied, the survey itself is far less intrusive when compared to other survey types, such as the refurbishment and demolition survey. Its main purpose is to locate any ACMs (asbestos-containing materials) which are in your property that may be disturbed by general occupancy.

The process of a management survey

As previously mentioned, the building is likely to remain occupied during the survey and therefore intrusions and sampling will be undertaken discreetly. Methods of inspections and sampling include visual inspections, accessing of ceiling tiles or dry risers etc. If access cannot be granted, the asbestos surveyor may assume asbestos is present. The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) states that: “Management surveys can involve a combination of sampling to confirm asbestos is present or presuming asbestos to be present.”

Once samples have been acquired, our team would send them off to a UKAS-accredited testing lab, which would provide further important information needed when managing your asbestos. The lab results will determine if asbestos is indeed present and which type/ types of asbestos are within the ACM.

What you need to do with the information provided in your survey

As the name suggests, the asbestos management survey gives you all the information you need to manage the risk of asbestos within your property. Depending on 4 key factors, which are the product type, the deterioration, surface treatment and asbestos type, different courses of action may be required from labelling and managing the asbestos in situ with pre-planned periodic inspections, to asbestos remediation or asbestos removal.

It is the legal duty of the dutyholder, for example the building manager or owner, to manage the risk of asbestos within their property. It is advised by the HSE to seek professional advice and assistance when assessing this risk to ensure you remain compliant and most importantly safe, at all times.

How much does an asbestos management survey cost?

The cost of an asbestos survey from Pillars Environmental is dependent on a few factors. For example, the size, type and intricacy of the property or area being surveyed or any specialist equipment needed to assess said areas, such as access equipment including tower scaffolds or MEWPS. For more information on how we calculate the cost of our asbestos surveys and to request your free quote, contact our team today.