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Asbestos Survey

Not sure which type of Asbestos survey you need?  See the table below to help you decide:






Introduction Date of inspection, scope, exclusions

Site Description Internal, External, Samples taken and overall condition

Intrusive inspection

Destructive inspection To gain access to areas difficult to reach

Summary of Asbestos Incidence By type of ACM

Recommendations Either removal, encapsulation or management

Register of Asbestos containing material Assessment of the condition and their ability to release fibres into the air, will contain pictures, item, location, type of asbestos, material risk score, recommended action, comments

Air Sampling if building will be reoccupied after survey before demolition

  Health & Safety Executive: The Survey Guide


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) produces the following guidance and advice publication:


Asbestos: The survey guide


  1. Introduction
  2. Competence and quality assurance procedures
  3. Asbestos Surveys
  4. Survey Planning
  5. Carrying out the survey
  6. Survey Report
  7. Duty holders use of survey information


This publication replaces and expands on MDHS100, Surveying, sampling and assessment of asbestos-containing materials. It is aimed at people carrying out asbestos surveys and people with specific responsibilities for managing asbestos in non-domestic premises under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. Update: Since publication of this guide in 2010 the ABICS scheme mentioned in paragraph 24 has been discontinued. This scheme was specifically designed to certificate individual surveyor competence. There is at present no replacement scheme for individuals. However surveying organisations of all sizes can still demonstrate competence through obtaining UKAS accreditation. In addition, clients can also appoint other organisations or individuals provided they are competent. In these situations clients should seek evidence of competence through obtaining details of qualifications, experience, written quality control procedures and references. More details are set out in Chapter 2 of the Guide.

Asbestos: The Survey Guide by HSE