This type of survey is the most common form of asbestos survey undertaken. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.
This also requires the surveyor to identify any installations on a site that she/he suspects may contain asbestos. However, these installations are then sampled (this may require several samples depending on size and complexity of the suspect installation) and analysis of the samples are carried out at a UKAS accredited laboratory, which allows confirmation of whether the sampled materials definitely contain asbestos or are asbestos free. Visually similar homogenous materials are then referenced to sampled materials, and are ‘strongly presumed’ to be the same material i.e. contain asbestos or not, as the sampled material.
Management surveys will often involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance. The extent of intrusion will vary according to the premises. Management surveys include an assessment of the condition of the various ACMs and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed in some way. The survey will generally require suspected ACMs to be sampled and analysed to confirm the presence or absence of asbestos. However a management survey can also involve presuming the presence or absence of asbestos. All areas should be accessed and inspected as far as is reasonably practicable when carrying out Management Surveys. Areas should include under floor coverings, above false ceilings, and inside risers, service ducts, lift shafts etc. Surveying may also involve some minor intrusive work, such as accessing behind fascia and panels and other surfaces or superficial materials. The extent of intrusion will depend on the degree of disturbance that is or will be necessary for foreseeable maintenance and related activities, including the installation of new equipment/cabling.