“A management survey is the standard survey. 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.”
— HSG 264, HSE
Without architectural information about asbestos use, an asbestos management survey forms the bedrock of an asbestos management system.
They are used to identify asbestos in premises and, if asbestos is located, establish a material assessment score that is used to go on and create a priority risk assessment (you can find out more information on our asbestos consultancy page.
Management surveys are non-destructive, in that only minor (and discreet) disturbance of the building fabric occurs, normally to check beneath surface coatings (paint or wall coverings) or from sampling suspect materials. They are not therefore designed to locate asbestos hidden behind surface materials and a more intrusive survey will be required for that.
Providing they can be returned undamaged, the surveyor will check behind items such as service panels or suspended ceiling tiles as it may be reasonably expected for the building occupants to do likewise during their use of the building. All locations within a building should be accessed, including roof and floor voids where safe to do so.