What is an Asbestos Survey?

Asbestos surveys are an effective way to assist you in managing Asbestos risk within your premises by providing specific information about the location, amount and type of any Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACMs) that are present. To proactively manage Asbestos within existing buildings, or to ensure that it is not disturbed during refurbishment or demolition it is recommended that you arrange a survey if you suspect there are ACMs in your premises. The undertaking of an Asbestos surveys in non-domestic properties is a legal requirement in parts of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), specifically Abu Dhabi, whilst other legal requirements apply in Dubai and other Emirates.

The cost of an Asbestos survey varies based upon a number of factors such as:

  • Building and site size;
  • Site location;
  • Complexity and type of the structures to be assessed;
  • Number of samples needed to be collected and analysed; and
  • Type of Asbestos survey to be conducted (Management/Pre-refurbishment/Demolition survey)
Asbestos Survey - Oman Power Station

Asbestos Survey - Oman Power Station

How is an Asbestos Survey Conducted?

The ACM survey can help to provide enough information so that an Asbestos register, a risk assessment and an Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) can then be created. The survey will usually involve a visual inspection of all accessible areas, sampling and analysis of bulk samples to determine the presence of Asbestos so ACM surveys should only be carried out by experienced, competent surveyors who can clearly demonstrate they have the necessary skills and qualifications to conduct the work.

A Management Asbestos survey (formerly known as Type 2 Asbestos surveys) will identify all ACMs located within a property that could be damaged or disturbed during general ongoing maintenance works.

A Pre-refurbishment / Pre-Demolition Asbestos survey (formerly known as Type 3 Asbestos surveys) is more intrusive in nature and aims to identify all ACMs within the property or site that could potentially be damaged or disturbed during refurbishment or demolition works.