An asbestos management survey is appropriate for all sorts of buildings - including shared areas of residential properties, university halls of residence, churches, schools, and offices - but not domestic properties such as a regular family home (in this case, a Homebuyer Survey may be more appropriate). The aim of an asbestos management survey is to correctly deal with any materials within the building that may contain asbestos.
Any survey of this type should be a thorough assessment, as the goal is to locate and assess all asbestos that might be disturbed during any maintenance of the building. This will involve sampling and an assessment of how much fibre release the asbestos-containing material is likely to emit.
You should expect your final assessment report to include recommendations, risk assessments and drawings showing the location of the asbestos-containing materials.
The person who is responsible for the upkeep of the property should arrange the survey with an asbestos assessment expert. It is essential that all areas of the building are accessible by the person carrying out the survey; if areas cannot be reached it is presumed that they contain asbestos.
There are a number of points you should consider when planning an asbestos management survey including:
- Check the experience and skills of the individual surveyor who will be carrying out the work, not just the reputation of the company.
- Ask for evidence of work they’ve previously carried out including the contact details of a past client or two
- Make sure that the company has insurance; ask for the details in advance of any work being carried out.
- The survey should be undertaken in accordance with guidance document HSG264 Asbestos – The Survey Guide, as issued by the Health & Safety Executive.
- Ask for an example of the sample report, so that you know it will include everything you need such as floor plans. You should also get the completed copy of this report once your survey is complete.
- Ask whether the sample analysis is included in the price or an additional extra.
- Make sure the advice you get is impartial; if the company you use for your survey also offers asbestos removal, it may have a vested interest in making certain recommendations.
DAF Risk Consulting has many years experience surveying and assessing asbestos for management surveys. Give us a call or drop us an email if you’d like to talk to us about your management survey.