Asbestos Survey

Asbestos Survey Requirements

In order to meet your legal obligations and ensure safety, it is important that you understand asbestos survey requirements. Failure to do so could be putting lives in danger and so this is a serious issue.


Most of us are now aware that asbestos is a hazardous material but unfortunately there is still a lot of it hidden away in buildings across the UK. Since 1999 we are no longer allowed to use asbestos in buildings but it will be a long time before it is completely eradicated. In the meantime we can meet the asbestos survey requirements and help ensure that this material isn’t causing damage.

The Purpose of Asbestos Survey Requirements

The purpose of asbestos survey requirements is to evaluate the asbestos that is present in a building and to determine if any action needs to be taken to ensure safety. When asbestos is whole it is generally considered safe, but if it becomes damaged or suffers a lot of wear and tear then this can release asbestos fibres into the air we breathe. Once it becomes airborne asbestos can cause all types of problems including the development of certain types of cancers. Thousands of people die each year in the UK due to previous contact with asbestos so establishing that the asbestos is safe has to be a priority.

As well as establishing that asbestos is safe there are also other asbestos survey requirements that might be needed. If you intend to do any type of work on a building that may have asbestos or if you intend to demolish it you will need a full assessment for asbestos. As we have already mentioned once asbestos gets into the air it can be very dangerous so we need to take precautions to ensure that this is always done safely without causing harm to workers or anyone else.

Some Final Thoughts on Asbestos Survey Requirements

Asbestos survey requirements usually involve employing the services of a survey company. There are a number of options available as to the type of survey you will require. Here are just three of them-

  • A presumptive survey (type 1 survey) will just give you a very basic idea of what is happening. It involves inspecting those areas where there is likely to be asbestos and checking the condition of it; in most instances this won’t involve taking samples.
  • A type 2 survey is similar to type 1 but it does involve taking samples. This is the most popular type of survey because it is usually enough to meet the minimum requirements in regards to the legal obligation to have an asbestos management plan.
  • A type 3 survey is more extensive and will be required for any type of building or demolishing work.

When it comes to asbestos survey requirements it is important to keep in mind that any building that was constructed after 1999 should be exempt. Buildings that were constructed during the sixties and seventies are probably the most likely to have asbestos.