Asbestos surveys

What is asbestos surveying?

What is asbestos surveying?
The purpose of an asbestos survey is to help manage asbestos in the duty holder’s premises. The survey has to provide sufficient information for an asbestos register and plan to be prepared, a suitable risk assessment to be carried out and a written plan to manage the risks to be produced.

What is an asbestos survey?
An asbestos survey is a visual inspection of a property or premises for asbestos, samples may need to be taken to identify is materials contain asbestos.

What are the types of asbestos survey?
There are two main types of asbestos survey to identify asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) within properties;

Management Survey
The purpose of an asbestos management survey is to manage ACM’s during the normal occupation and use of premises.
A Management Survey aims to ensure that:
• Nobody is harmed by the continuing presence of ACM in the premises or equipment
• That the ACM’s remain in good condition
• That nobody disturbs it accidentally
The Survey must locate ACM’s that could be damaged or disturbed by normal activities, by foreseeable maintenance, or by installing new equipment. It involves minor intrusion and minor asbestos disturbance to make a Materials Assessment.

Refurbishment / Demolition Survey
The Refurbishment / Demolition Surveys are required where the premises, or part of it, need upgrading, refurbishment or demolition.
A Refurbishment / demolition Survey aims to ensure that:
• Nobody will be harmed by work on ACM’s in the premises or equipment
• Such work will be done by the right contractor in the right way
The asbestos survey must locate and identify all ACM’s before any structural work begins at a stated location or on stated equipment at the premises. It involves destructive inspection and asbestos disturbance.

Do you know if you have asbestos in your premises? Contact Summit Environmental to find out.


What is asbestos and why is it dangerous?


Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and was widely used in the construction of buildings. Asbestos was included in a huge number of construction products, for a very diverse range of uses, often centred around fireproofing or insulation purposes.

Is asbestos not a historical problem?

Asbestos is still widely present today. Potentially any building built or refurbished before the year 2000, may contain Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s). Do you know if your building contains Asbestos Containing Materials?


When asbestos containing materials are damaged or deteriorate with age, they can release fibres into the air. The shape and size of the fibres released enables them to penetrate deep into the lungs. Once they reach the lungs they can lead to asbestos related diseases, such as;

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Pleural thickening
  • Asbestos related lung cancer


Having as asbestos survey completed can identify if asbestos is present within your premises. Identification, by way of sampling and assessment of materials within a building that may contain asbestos, can reduce the risk of damage occurring to materials that may present. Once identified, any materials identified that contain asbestos should be recorded and monitored on an asbestos register. This greatly reduces the risk of a potential exposure to asbestos by occupants of the premises.

Asbestos identification by way of asbestos survey


Summit Environmental Limited can complete asbestos management surveys, asbestos refurbishment surveys and asbestos demolition surveys to locate materials that may contain asbestos in your premises.