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A management survey's purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in a premises which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.

If you are looking to buy or sell a property, start or end a term lease -  then this will be the report the landlord, bank or estate agent may ask for you to provide.

Or if you are responsible for maintenance and repairs in a building, which may contain asbestos? 

......You are a ‘dutyholder’ if: 

  • you own the building; 

  • you are responsible through a contract or tenancy agreement; 

  • you have control of the building but no formal contract or agreement; or in a multi-occupancy building, you are the owner and have taken responsibility for maintenance and repairs for the whole building. 

  • What buildings are affected? 

  • All non-domestic buildings, whatever the type of business. 

  • The common areas of domestic buildings, eg halls, stairwells, lift shafts, roof spaces. 

The ‘duty to manage’ asbestos is included in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. (Regulation 4)


  1. If you don’t manage asbestos in your premises, you could be putting your employees’ and other peoples’ health at risk. 

  2. Exposure to asbestos occurs when you or others disturb it, releasing fibres into the air we breathe. 

  3. Asbestos in good condition should be left in place and managed. 

  4. Most work on asbestos requires a licence, but some minor work on asbestos can be done without a licence if the correct precautions are followed. 

  5. Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations is a duty to manage, not a duty to survey. Although an asbestos management survey should be the foundation of your asbestos management.

  6. You don’t always have to do a survey, but you do have to manage your asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). 

  7. A bad survey is worse than not carrying out a survey. ALWAYS USE A UKAS ACCREDITED (ISO 17020) INSPECTION BODY!!

  8. Managing asbestos means maintaining your (ACMs) in good condition to protect two groups of people: – those who work on the fabric of the building (electricians, plumbers etc); and – those who work in the building (eg plant and office workers, cleaners etc) who may come into contact or work near damaged or deteriorated ACMs. 

  9. Damaged or deteriorated ACMs should be repaired or removed, or isolated until remedial action can be taken. 

  10. Your Asbestos Management Plan is your way of ensuring that your employees or others do not disturb your ACMs; – It can take many forms and need not be complex, but it does need to be effective. 

If you have any concerns regarding asbestos management - CALL US or send us an EMAIL today!

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