What is an Asbestos Management Survey?

An Asbestos Management Survey (formerly a Type 2 Survey) is the minimum asbestos survey required in any non-domestic property that was built before 2000.

An Asbestos Management Survey is generally referred to as a standard survey. The purpose of this inspection is to locate and identify, as far as is reasonably practicable, the presence, extent and condition of any asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the premises and assess their condition to comply with Regulation 4 ‘Duty to Manage Asbestos in Non-Domestic Properties’ as stated in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012)

An Asbestos Management Survey will identify asbestos containing materials which could become damaged or disturbed during normal everyday occupancy and an assessment on the condition of the materials will also be made.

What’s involved in an Asbestos Management Survey?

Asbestos Management Surveys can entail some intrusive work and some disturbance. The level of this intrusion will differ between sites; your TGS Environmental Project Manager will give you a more detailed breakdown of what’s involved on your specific site. Various factors will apply such as building type, building construction and general accessibility. Our highly experienced surveyors will inspect all areas of the building (including floors, walls, ceilings, within suspended ceiling voids, loft voids, accessible risers etc.) to locate asbestos containing materials. This survey will not cause major damage to the building or surrounding areas. The Asbestos Management Survey, where required, will involve the collection of samples of potential asbestos containing materials, followed by the analysis of the samples at a UKAS accredited laboratory, to confirm the presence or absence of asbestos.


Asbestos Management Surveys and Domestic Properties

The Duty to Manage Asbestos’ requirements of Regulation 4 of CAR 2012 do not normally apply to domestic premises. However, the requirements do apply to common parts of premises, including housing developments and blocks of flats. These requirements mean that organisations such as local authorities, housing associations, social housing management companies and others who own, or are responsible for domestic properties, have legal duties to ensure the health and safety of their staff, contractors and others in domestic premises.


Is an Asbestos Management Survey the right survey for you?

Asbestos Management Surveys can cover simple day to day maintenance work. However the duty holder should be aware that where ‘more extensive’ maintenance or repair work is required, a management survey may not provide adequate information to enable the works. More intrusive investigation may be required in the form of an Asbestos Refurbishment/Demolition Survey and should be undertaken prior to any work which disturbs the fabric of the building.

TGS Environmental Ltd can help you decide which type of survey you require to meet HSE regulations, help you manage any risk and liability and give you recommendations on what to do next.

Our qualified and highly experienced surveyors carry out Asbestos Management Surveys in accordance with the Health and Safety Executive publication HSG264 Asbestos: The survey guide along with the unique requirements of the client, site and project in mind. You can rest easy in the knowledge that we have the necessary experience, systems, qualifications, training and insurance to carry out Asbestos Management Surveys with integrity, independence and impartiality.