Asbestos Survey Types

Celtic Asbestos carry out their surveys in accordance with the Health and Safety Executive’s guidance document, HSG264 , and offer both types of asbestos surveys –

Asbestos Management Surveys – are required during the normal occupation and use of a building to ensure correct and continued management of asbestos in situ.

Asbestos Refurbishment / Demolition Surveys – are required when a building (or part of it) is to be upgraded, refurbished or demolished.

It is probable that at larger premises a mixture of survey types will be appropriate, eg a boiler house due for demolition will require a refurbishment/demolition survey, while offices at the same site would have a management survey.

Asbestos Management Survey

(Formerly Type 1 Asbestos Survey or Type 2 Asbestos Survey)

An asbestos management survey is the standard survey. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to risk assess their condition.
Asbestos management surveys will usually involve discreet intrusive work and minor disturbance. The survey includes an assessment of the condition of the various ACMs and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed in some way.
The survey may involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs. However it can also involve presuming the presence or absence of asbestos. It can also be completed using a combination of sampling ACMs and presuming ACMs.
The HSG264 Asbestos Management Survey supersedes the MDHS100 Type 1 or Type 2 Survey.

Refurbishment and Demolition Asbestos Survey

(Formerly Type 3 Asbestos Survey)

An Asbestos Refurbishment or Demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned. The survey is fully intrusive and involves destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas. A refurbishment or demolition survey may also be required in other circumstances, for example when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or for plant removal or dismantling.
The survey does not normally assess the condition of the asbestos, other than to indicate areas of damage or where additional asbestos debris may be present. However, where the asbestos removal may not take place for some time, the ACMs’ condition will need to be assessed and the materials managed (see Asbestos Management Survey).
The Refurbishment and Demolition Survey supersedes the MDHS100 Type 3 Asbestos Survey.

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