Asbestos SurveysAsbestos Survey Services

The purpose of carrying out a survey is to make an assessment, and help you to manage, if any asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are found on your premises.  

  • To provide accurate information on the location, amount and condition ACMs.
  • To assess the level of damage or deterioration in the ACMs and whether remedial action is required.
  • To use the survey information to prepare a record of the location of any asbestos, commonly called an asbestos register, and an asbestos plan of the building(s).
  • To help identify all the ACMs to be removed before refurbishment work or demolition.

Be aware that the survey is essential for the client/duty holder to successfully manage asbestos.

There are two types of survey for ACM

Type 1) Management survey

The Management Survey purpose is required to manage ACM during the normal occupation and use of premises.  The duty-holder can make a Management Survey where the premises are simple and straightforward.  Otherwise, a surveyor is needed.

A Management Survey aims to ensure that:

  1. nobody is harmed by the continuing presence of ACM in the premises or equipment;
  2. that the ACM remain in good condition; and
  3. that nobody disturbs it accidentally

The Survey must locate ACM that could be damaged or disturbed by normal activities, by foreseeable maintenance, or by installing new equipment.  It involves minor intrusion and minor asbestos disturbance to make a Materials Assessment.  This shows the ability of ACM, if disturbed, to release fibres into the air.  It guides the client, eg in prioritising any remedial work.

Type 2) Refurbishment / demolition survey


The Refurbishment / demolition Survey is required where the premises, or part of it, need upgrading, refurbishment or demolition.  The Survey does not need a record of the ACM condition.  Normally, a surveyor is needed for Refurbishment / demolition Surveys.

A Refurbishment / demolition Survey aims to ensure that:

  1. Nobody will be harmed by work on ACM in the premises or equipment;
  2. Such work will be done by the right contractor in the right way

The Survey must locate and identify all ACM before any structural work begins at a stated location or on stated equipment at the premises.  It involves destructive inspection and asbestos disturbance.  The area surveyed must be vacated and certified 'fit for reoccupation' after the survey.

For further information about surveying and the costs involved, please contact us either by calling us on 0121 377 6339 or complete the form on the web site here and we will contact you shortly.

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