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.
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 assesses 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.
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.
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.
ABP Associates are able to provide assistance with the management of any asbestos materials found. We can conduct re-inspection survey if required, or provide project management during asbestos removals works.
ABP Associates are accredited by UKAS to carry out Asbestos Management Surveys. ABP provide an independent professional service.
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.