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The purpose of Asbestos Surveys

  • To help manage asbestos in your premises.
  • To provide accurate information on the location, amount and condition of asbestos- containing materials (ACMs).
  • To assess the level of damage or deterioration in the ACMs and whether
    remedial action is required.
  • To use the survey information to prepare a record of the location of any
    asbestos, commonly called an asbestos register,* and an asbestos plan of the
  • To help identify all the ACMs to be removed before refurbishment work or demolition.

Key points

  • Be aware that the survey is essential for the client/dutyholder to successfully
    manage asbestos.
  • All asbestos should be located as far as reasonably practicable within the
    survey type.
  • Ensure that the appropriate survey is undertaken for the client’s needs.
  • Avoid caveats.
  • Ensure the survey is reported in a format that can be used to prepare an
  • asbestos register and building plan.
  • Inform the client that the survey is not the end point in managing asbestos.

Detailed information on Asbestos Surveys can be obtained by downloading HSE guidelines.

There is also a lot of information relating to asbestos at

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