It is a legal requirement for all commercial premises built prior to 2000, to have and maintain an asbestos register. Surveys for asbestos will likely play a key part in your management plan.
The regulations describe what dutyholders of commercial premises need to do in order to protect visitors and the workforce from the dangers of asbestos. Surveys consist of a physical inspection of the premises to identify materials that may contain asbestos, which are then recorded in the building’s asbestos register.
Click here for a useful HSE reference guide for surveys.
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:
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.
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: