People responsible for the repair, maintenance, and management of buildings that may contain asbestos are required to carry out an appropriate survey (usually a management survey).
The purpose of a management survey is to locate and confirm the extent of any asbestos-containing materials, which could be damaged or disturbed by daily work (such as normal occupancy and building maintenance).
Survey information should then be made available (through an asbestos register) to all employers whose workers could be exposed to affected areas.
A more intrusive survey must be completed before the refurbishment or demolition of a building containing asbestos.
Appropriate steps can then be taken to safely encapsulate or remove the material.