Asbestos surveys & asbestos management plans:  key facts 

(Adapted from A comprehensive guide to managing asbestos in premises, HSG227)

  • Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 is a duty to manage, not a duty to survey.

  • A survey is not always necessary, but asbestos-containing materials must be managed.

  • A bad survey is worse than not carrying out a survey.

  • If you don't manage asbestos in your premises, you could be putting your employees' and other people's health at risk.

  • Managing asbestos materials means maintaining them in good condition to protect those who may be exposed:

    • during maintenance and building activity (eg electricians, plumbers, etc); and

    • during normal occupancy of the building from damaged and deteriorated materials.


  • Exposure occurs when asbestos-containing materials are disturbed, releasing fibres that become airborne and may be breathed in.


  • An Asbestos Management Plan:

    • is a way of ensuring that employees and others do not disturb any asbestos-containing materials;

    • can take many forms and need not be complex, but it does need to be effective.


  • Asbestos-containing materials in good condition should be left in place and managed.


  • Damaged or deteriorated asbestos materials should be repaired or removed, or isolated until remedial action can be taken.


  • Most work with asbestos requires a licence, but some minor works may be carried out if the correct precautions are taken.

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