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Managing my asbestos

Asbestos management survey

Tell the surveyor why you want a 'management survey'.

The purpose of the management survey is to manage asbestos-containing materials (ACM) during the normal occupation and use of premises.  The duty-holder can make a management survey where the premises are simple and straightforward (See Having samples taken).  Otherwise, a surveyor is needed.

A Management Survey aims to ensure that:

  1. nobody is harmed by the continuing presence of ACM in the premises or equipment;
  2. that the ACM remain in good condition; and
  3. that nobody disturbs it accidentally

The Survey must locate ACM that could be damaged or disturbed by normal activities, by foreseeable maintenance, or by installing new equipment.  It involves minor intrusion and minor asbestos disturbance to make a Materials Assessment.  This shows the ability of ACM, if disturbed, to release fibres into the air.  It guides the client, eg in prioritising any remedial work.

Provide the surveyor with the site layout, building plans, building specifications or architect's drawings, and any history of asbestos work.  Point out your site hazards, including means of safe access to heights. Provide keys, etc.

The area should be vacated during the survey.

Report

The report should state the asbestos type, location, extent, condition and any surface treatment - the 'Materials assessment'.  The report may comment on priorities for any remedial work. 

The report should state where the surveyor or sampler did not survey or sample.  You should presume that areas that the surveyor has not accessed do contain asbestos.

Key points

Management surveys

  • involve sampling materials
  • may need trained specialists
  • do not need a licence
Updated 2009-01-12