For many buildings it is a legal requirement to conduct an asbestos survey, this means if you fail
to comply, you could be breaking the law. The main objective of an asbestos survey is to identify if
there is asbestos in the building and note where it is. Knowing this information could save lives as
asbestos kills. In this blog, you’ll find out when you need an asbestos survey.
An asbestos survey will be required if:
• The building was built before 2000
• It is a non-domestic building
• Public areas of domestic buildings
• You are planning construction work
The building was built before 2000
When deciding if you require an asbestos survey, the first thing to consider is the age of the
building. Asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999, therefore if the building was constructed in
2000 or later it should not contain asbestos.
Any building constructed before 2000 may have been built using asbestos materials. Asbestos
was a popular material used for cement, insulation, doors, ceiling panels and so much more.
Asbestos fibres are very difficult to see with the naked eye, hence the reason for an asbestos
survey. One of the things you asbestos surveyor will do during your survey is take samples, these
will then be sent to a lab for testing. At SE Asbestos, we only use UKAS accredited laboratories.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR), Regulation 4, details the duty of building owners and
managers to manage asbestos in non-domestic buildings. A non-domestic building includes
workplaces, factories, offices, hospitals and schools. In short, a non-domestic building is any
building that is not a home.
To comply with legal requirements, the duty holder of a non-domestic building must conduct a
survey to identify if asbestos is present in the building and the condition it is in. For non-domestic
buildings, a management asbestos survey would be required. For more information on
management asbestos surveys, take a look at our website or contact our team.
Public areas in domestic buildings
CAR also states that the duty holder of domestic buildings, such as flats, has a duty to manage
asbestos in public areas of domestic buildings. A public area would include corridors or reception
areas. If you are a duty holder of a domestic building that has public areas, you will be required to
carry out a management asbestos survey to determine if asbestos is present.
If you are planning construction work
If you are considering construction work in a building you are the duty holder of, you are legally
required to conduct a refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey. Asbestos is most dangerous
when it is disturbed, that is why it is vital that a thorough survey is carried out by an asbestos surveyor before any construction work is carried out. This applies to both domestic and non-
domestic buildings and it does not matter what kind of construction work you are carrying out, you must carry out a refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey.
If you have any further questions regarding when you need an asbestos survey, or would like to
book a survey with one of our surveyors, please contact us.