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Management Surveys


A management survey is the standard survey and the one that all commercial buildings must have by law under The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 . They came into force on 6 April 2012 and a survey is often asked for by insurance companies and by mortgage lenders for private homes. 

Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos containing material (ACM) in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.

Management surveys will often involve minor intrusive building material sampling. The extent of intrusion will vary between premises and depend on what is reasonably practicable for individual properties, i.e. it will depend on factors such as the type of building, the nature of construction, accessibility etc. A management survey should include an assessment of the condition of the various ACMs and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed accidentally in some way.

Any samples collected are then sent for analysis in a UKAS accredited laboratory which will confirm the presence or absence of ACMs.

However a management survey can also involve presuming the presence or absence of asbestos. This can be the cheapest form of survey in the short term.  This type of survey may however catagorise non-asbestos materials as containing asbestos and you can incur unneccessary costs for managing that material. Any materials presumed to contain asbestos must also have their condition assessed. A management survey can be completed using a combination of sampling ACMs and presuming ACMs.