Asbestos Survey

Do I Need an Asbestos Survey

There are likely a many people who are wondering about the question of, “do I need an asbestos survey?” This is actually quite an important question because failure to meet your legal duties in this matter could lead to penalties.


Asbestos management is something that is taken seriously in the UK, and we will want to stay on the right side of the law. It isn’t just fear of prosecution though that will have people asking, “Do I need an asbestos survey?” Most of us realise that this type of material can be dangerous and we will want to do all we can to protect ourselves and those around us. Hopefully by the end of this article you will be better able to answer this question.

Do I Need an Asbestos Survey?

In order to decide if you need such a survey you will need to be familiar with the legal requirements. There have been a few bits of legislation in the UK that would be considered applicable but the 2002 laws are probably the most relevant to us now. If we are responsible for any building that was constructed prior to 1999 then we are required to have an asbestos management plan. The reason why the year 1999 is important is because it is no longer permissible to use asbestos in any building after this date so there is no need for any asbestos management plan with these properties. Other people though, will have to take precautions to ensure that any asbestos in their building is managed safely.

It may come as a surprise to members of the general public to know that there is still so much asbestos to be found in buildings. After all there has been huge concern about this material since the eighties; with some people expressing concern long before this. It was widely used during the 60’ and 70’s in building construction and it will be a long time before it is completely eradicated. This is why those of us who are responsible for buildings older than ten years will need to get an asbestos management plan and to do this we are going to need a survey. So there you have an answer to the question of, “do I need an asbestos survey?’

Do I Need an Asbestos Survey Carried Out by Professionals?

Most of us are worried about business expenses and we may be wondering is there a way to reduce costs in regards to managing asbestos. We may want to know, “do I need an asbestos survey carried out by professionals?” Well, the answer to this would be to say that any survey that wasn’t carried out by experts would be practically useless; in fact it could be worse than useless because it would provide a false sense of security. The only type of survey that is going to be of any use is the one done by professionals that know exactly what they are doing – this in one area where you don’t want to cut corners.