What is an asbestos survey and do I need one?
An asbestos survey is an effective way to help you manage asbestos in your premises by providing accurate information about the location, amount and type of any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). While not a legal requirement, it is recommended that you arrange a survey if you suspect there are ACMs in your premises. Alternatively, you may choose to presume there is asbestos in your premises and would then need to take all appropriate precautions for any work that takes place. However, it is good practice to have an asbestos survey carried out so you can be absolutely sure whether asbestos is present or not.
The asbestos survey can help to provide enough information so that an asbestos register, a risk assessment and a management plan can then be prepared. The survey will usually involve sampling and analysis to determine the presence of asbestos ¬– so asbestos surveys should only be carried out by competent surveyors who can clearly demonstrate they have the necessary skills, experience and qualifications. An [asbestos survey](http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/campaign/duty/surveys.htm) will identify: the location of any asbestos-containing materials in the building the type of asbestos they contain the condition these materials are in Following a survey, the surveyor should produce a survey report which details the findings. This information can help you prepare an [asbestos risk register](http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/faq.htm#asbestos-risk-register).