Asbestos Survey

Types of Asbestos Survey

In order to choose what is right for you it is important to consider the types of asbestos survey available. Choosing the wrong one could mean that you don’t have

 

the information you need and that you are not meeting your legal obligations in this regard. We need to keep in mind that asbestos can be a very hazardous material and we can only successfully manage it if we have the most appropriate information. If we are responsible for any non-domestic building that was constructed prior to 1999 we have to assume that it contains asbestos; unless we have proof that this is not the case. Knowing about the different types of asbestos survey will allow us to choose the one that is best for us so that we can meet our obligations and keep ourselves and others safe.

Why are there Different Types of Asbestos Survey?

The reason why there are different types of asbestos survey is that we will have different requirements for the level and scope of information we need. The different surveys provide different levels of information form very basic to fairly comprehensive. Generally speaking the more comprehensive the information we need the more money we will need to pay for the survey. Here are the three types of asbestos survey that you will find available in the UK.

  • The presumptive survey is a very basic report that is usually used for fact finding; it is not considered enough to meet the minimum legal requirements for the safe management of asbestos. It is also referred to as the type 1 survey. It involves going to those areas where it would be expected to find asbestos and reporting on the condition of the material; it does not involve taking any samples and this is why building owners will usually need something more concrete.
  • The limited access sampling survey involves going to those areas of the building where it could be reasonably expected to find asbestos and taking samples as well as reporting on the condition of the material. This is the most requested of the different types of asbestos survey because in a lot of cases it will provide the information that is required – it is also the minimal required by law. It is also referred to as the type 2 survey.
  • The full access sampling survey is necessary if you are going to be demolishing or refurbishing a building. This is an intensive survey and may involve breaking down walls to check for asbestos. This type of survey will also usually involve taking many samples. The full access sampling survey is also referred to as the type 3 survey.

Choosing the right Types of Asbestos Survey

The fact that the different types of asbestos survey provide different levels of information means that you will need to think carefully before choosing. The good news is that no matter what you need you are likely to find a survey that is going to help with this.