What is a Management Survey?
An asbestos management survey is required in order to adequately manage asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in a cost effective manner. A visual inspection of all accessible parts of the buildings is carried out to record the location and assess the risk from the ACM.
What does a Management Survey tell me?
During a management survey, suspect materials are sampled in order to confirm or refute the asbestos content. Their location is recorded with the extent of the material. A “materials assessment” is carried out which asses the risk of exposure to asbestos from the material. A material assessment takes into account the type of material, its condition and how well-encapsulated it is, and finally the asbestos type(s) identified in the laboratory analysis.
What do I do with the Survey Information?
Going forwards, the information generated from a management survey report should be used to create a management plan. In the report, our surveyors will usually recommend the appropriate action to take for each material found. This may be as simple as an annual inspection if the material is in good condition. Alternatives include encapsulation if the material is bare, or removal if it is heavily damaged.
Can I make the Survey Cheaper?
Some surveys can be conducted where no samples are taken, and any suspect material is automatically presumed to contain asbestos. Often these surveys are chosen because they are cheap, however they lead to unnecessary management of materials that are not asbestos; and become more expensive in the long term.
Management of the Asbestos
Why Choose ABP Associates?
At ABP Associates our surveyors work in pairs for our safety and yours. They carry identification, and are happy to explain what they are doing whilst on site. To book a survey with us, please contact us to discuss your requirements.