An asbestos management survey’s purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos-containing materials in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition. Asbestos management surveys will often involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance but can be tailored to suit the client’s requirements.

The extent of intrusion will vary between premises and depend on what is reasonably practicable for individual properties, i.e. it will depend on factors such as the type of building, the nature of construction, accessibility etc. An asbestos management survey should include an assessment of the condition of the various asbestos containing materials and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed in some way.

This ‘material assessment’ will give a good initial guide to the priority for managing asbestos containing materials as it will identify the materials which will most readily release airborne fibres if they are disturbed.

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