The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012: Regulation 4, places a legal ‘Duty to Manage’ asbestos in all non-domestic buildings. As part of this, all employers and building owners must make sure any asbestos is safe to leave in place.
The initial survey is only the first step of management. Whilst hopefully controls are in place to prevent accidental damage, monitoring the condition of the material is a key element of effective asbestos management. More information on managing asbestos can be found here
The HSE guidance clearly states these reinspections should be completed on a minimum of a 12monthly basis.
There is no requirement for a ‘new’ or ‘updated’ management survey on a property every year as long as records are managed and reinspections are carried out.
A reinspection will use the existing data from the building and revisit all locations of identified, proven, suspected and presumed areas with asbestos materials. A new photograph will be obtained, and a condition of the material assessed.
EMS do not need to have undertaken the original survey; EMS just need the known and historical data from the site.