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Please note: If you have a Type 1 asbestos survey, these are no longer valid under the current regulations (Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012).
How often do asbestos registers need to be updated?
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.
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.
What is the asbestos register?
The asbestos register is a document that lists all identified or assumed asbestos in a building. The owner of the building is in charge of ensuring an asbestos register is in place and available to those who plan to carry out maintenance and related work on the property.
It can be kept on paper or an electronic device, but must be current and updated to ensure any changes made do not affect the health and safety of those in the building.
When was the use of asbestos in buildings banned in the UK?
Asbestos was fully banned in the UK in August 1999, because of the harm it can have on the human body. If asbestos fibres are inhaled, they can embed themselves into the lungs and cause fatal diseases.
Structures built or renovated prior to 2000 are likely to contain asbestos fibres, as it was used as a durable building material that was cheap, widely available and insulating before it was banned.