Part of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 is if you’re responsible for maintenance of non-domestic premises, you have a ‘duty to manage’ the asbestos in them, to protect anyone using or working in the premises from the risks to health that exposure to asbestos causes. This means a Management survey is required. If existing asbestos containing materials are in good condition and are not likely to be damaged, they may be left in place; their condition monitored and managed to ensure they are not disturbed.
Management Survey: Location and assessment survey
The purpose of this type of survey is to locate, as far as reasonably practical; any suspected asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the building and assess the risk. This survey visually locates the presence, nature and extent of the asbestos in the building. Representative samples are collected and analysed by a UKAS Accredited Laboratory for the presence of asbestos. If the material sampled is found to contain asbestos, other similar homogeneous materials used in the same way in the building can also be strongly presumed to contain asbestos.