An asbestos management survey is a detailed inspection and assessment conducted on a building or premises to identify the presence, type, condition, and scope of any asbestos containing materials (ACMs). A skilled and qualified surveyor who follows established guidelines, such as the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) document HSG264, conducts the survey. The survey’s primary goal is to ensure compliance with asbestos laws and create an effective management plan.
An asbestos management survey is required for several reasons. It helps to meet legal duties related to asbestos management and control. The survey helps building owners and managers create a plan for managing asbestos to keep occupants and workers safe by identifying and evaluating ACMs. The survey report provides valuable information about the lACMs, allowing for proper monitoring, maintenance, and, if needed, corrective action.
A competent and qualified surveyor should always carry out an asbestos management survey. The surveyor must have the knowledge, skills, and experience to identify and assess asbestos-containing materials accurately. A competent surveyor will have relevant certifications and qualifications specific to asbestos surveying. They should know current regulations, guidelines, and the best practices for a thorough and reliable survey.
The frequency of asbestos management surveys depends on various factors. Typically, a management survey should be updated at least every two years. However, certain circumstances may require more frequent surveys. For instance, if significant changes occur in the building’s structure or use, it is important to arrange a survey to identify any newly exposed ACMs. Regular inspections should also be done to monitor the condition of ACMs and ensure ongoing safety.
Only qualified professionals should conduct an asbestos management survey. Asbestos is hazardous; accurate identification and assessment require specialised knowledge and equipment. Hiring a qualified surveyor with the necessary training, experience, and certifications is crucial for a thorough and reliable survey.
During an asbestos management survey, the surveyor will carefully inspect all accessible areas of the building, including floors, ceilings, walls, and services such as heating and ventilation systems. They may collect samples of suspected materials for lab analysis. The surveyor will record their findings, take photographs, and note the condition of any identified ACMs.
An asbestos management survey carries minimal risks when a competent surveyor follows safety protocols. The surveyor will take necessary precautions to avoid disturbing any suspected ACMs during the inspection. Minor disruptions may be necessary to gain access to specific locations or gather samples.
If an asbestos-containing material is identified during the survey, it is essential to follow the advice provided by the surveyor in the report. Depending on the condition and location of the ACM, the surveyor may suggest various actions, such as labelling, encapsulating, or removing the material. Ensuring that the asbestos management plan addresses the identified ACMs and that qualified professionals carry out any corrective actions following established guidelines is crucial.
Unlike an Asbestos Refurbishment & Demolition Survey, an Asbestos Management Survey is non-intrusive and involves a visual inspection of accessible areas of the building, such as ceiling voids (the space between the internal roof and the ceiling), vertical risers and service ducts, without causing damage to the building.
Following an asbestos management survey, the surveyor will provide a detailed report that outlines the findings. This report includes information on the location, condition, and extent of ACMs found in the building. Based on this information, an asbestos management plan is developed. The management plan includes procedures for ongoing monitoring, regular inspections, and necessary maintenance or removal. The plan should be reviewed and updated as required, ensuring it remains aligned with current regulations and best practices.
When it comes to asbestos management surveys, AJC Asbestos is your trusted partner in ensuring safety and peace of mind. Our comprehensive survey provides all the necessary information and guidance to protect yourself, your property and those who live or work within.
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