Asbestos Surveys

asbestos surveyAn asbestos survey is recommended if a building that you’re responsible for includes asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) as you have a duty to take steps to discover the type, quantity and state of the material.

If the building is a commercial property (whether occupied or not) or in the public sector then you may well have a statutory duty under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 to identify and risk-assess any ACM’s on your site. Our asbestos survey service is specifically designed to help you meet this obligation.

If you’re a home owner worried about the presence of asbestos in your house then for the safety of you and your family it’s important that you arrange for a specialist asbestos survey to be carried out on the property as soon as possible to identify any hazards.

Unless you have specific expertise in asbestos surveying, the next step would be to engage an accredited surveyor to identify and catalogue the asbestos on your site and the state it’s in. NIC can arrange for an asbestos survey to take place and help you plan the next steps depending on the findings. Call us on (0845) 076 0055 to speak with one of our team who will be able to provide help and advise you.

Types of Asbestos Survey

The Health and Safety Executive state that the purpose of carrying out an asbestos survey is to make a materials assessment.  They provide the following information about what the survey should include…


  • To find ACM’s (asbestos containing materials) and record what they are, where they are and how much there is
  • To record how accessible the ACM is, its condition and any surface treatment
  • To record the asbestos type, by sampling or by presuming

There is a slight difference in emphasis depending on whether the asbestos containing materials will be disturbed or not during any planned activity. This leads to there being 2 different types of asbestos survey…

Asbestos survey requiredAsbestos Management Survey

A management survey will identify both the presence and the likely risk factor of asbestos containing materials that are included in the building fabric. For very straightforward premises it’s possible for a competent building manager to carry out this type of survey although for more complex premises professional help is strongly advised. The purpose is simply to ensure that nobody is harmed by the continued presence of asbestos containing materials and at the asbestos containing materials remain in good condition and undisturbed. Under these circumstances a management survey may be all that is required for continued safe use of the premises.

Asbestos Demolition survey

Asbestos Roof due for Demolition

Asbestos Refurbishment or Demolition Survey

A Refurbishment or Demolition survey is required when a premises which includes asbestos containing materials is to be renovated, refurbished or demolished. The survey will identify potentially problematic asbestos containing materials prior to the commencement of any structural work and the surveyed area must be vacated and then certified fit for reoccupation after the works. This type of survey is usually carried out by professional surveyors.

Do You Need to Carry out an Asbestos Survey?

If you’re reading this page then it may be that you’re concerned about the presence of asbestos in your home or business premises, or perhaps you’re planning to renovate a building and you’re concerned that it might include asbestos containing materials (ACM’s).

If you’re concerned about the presence of asbestos containing materials then please call us. We will be able to talk you through what to look for to help you decide whether a survey is required. If you’d like to speak with a member of our team please call us on 0161 303 1899.

Caroline House,
High Street,
SK15 1SE

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