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How Often Should Asbestos Surveys Be Carried Out?

The short answer is, it depends.

If you own or control a non-domestic property that was built before the year 2000 (Asbestos was banned in the UK in August 1999), then it should already have some form of asbestos register or survey.

The survey will generally be a ‘Management Survey’ or what used to be termed a ‘Type 2 asbestos survey’.

Please note: If you have a Type 1 asbestos survey, these are no longer valid under the current regulations (Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012).

Following a Management survey, the only time you should need another asbestos survey is when you plan any material changes to the property that go outside the scope of the original survey.

This could be refurbishment, demolition or significant maintenance. In this case you will need a ‘Refurbishment/ Demolition asbestos survey’ which used to be called a Type 3 asbestos survey.

If any asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are found present in the property, under the regulations there is a legal duty to manage ACM’s within your property or the property you control.

As part of the asbestos management plan ACM’s should be inspected regularly and at least annually.

If you haven’t complied with this law for a period of time, you may well be expected to re-survey the property as the condition of the ACM’s may have changed.

RB Asbestos can help with any aspects of the issues discussed above. Please call 0800 141 2676 for more information.

How Often Should Asbestos Surveys Be Carried Out?