Asbestos Surveys

The sampling and analysis of materials suspected to containing asbestos must only be undertaken by a competent person or company. See information on asbestos surveyors below.

Types of Asbestos Surveys

There are two types of asbestos surveys:

  1. A management asbestos survey (MAS).
  2. A refurbishment/demolition asbestos survey (RDAS).

The purpose of the management asbestos survey is to manage asbestos-containing materials during the normal occupation and use of premises.

A refurbishment/demolition asbestos survey (RDAS) is required where the premises, or part of it, needs upgrading, refurbishment or demolition.Asbestos Warning Sign

Asbestos Surveyor

An Asbestos Surveyor carries out asbestos surveys. This can be a Management Asbestos Survey (MAS) or a Refurbishment Demolition Asbestos Survey (RDAS). Asbestos surveys consist of building inspection, sampling of suspect materials, laboratory analysis and provision of a survey report.

A Surveyor must be competent:

  • Surveyor Qualifications e.g. BOHS P402, RSPH Award in Asbestos Surveying
  • Thorough knowledge of relevant Irish legislation
  • Access to Laboratory equipment for analysis work and which performs satisfactorily in AIMS Scheme (see below) , Laboratory Analysts should be qualified to BOHS P401 or RSPH Award in Asbestos Bulk Analysis
  • Maintains quality assurance and control procedures that conform with internationally recognised standards for asbestos analytical and inspection activities.

Asbestos in Materials Scheme (AIMS)

The Health and Safety Authority require all laboratories that analyse materials for asbestos content to participate satisfactorily in the AIMs proficiency testing (PT) scheme administered by the Health and Safety Laboratory in the U.K. Participation in an independent proficiency- testing scheme plays an essential part in a laboratory’s quality control system. Performance reports for those Republic of Ireland (ROI) Laboratories participating in the AIMs PT scheme can be downloaded from the Health and Safety Laboratory's Website (Current ROI Laboratory Classification Report)

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Please refer to Section 8 of the HSA Guidance Document.