Surveying and sampling ACMs can give rise to exposure to asbestos. These
work activities are covered by the more general requirements of CAR 2012.
The regulations require employers to carry out a risk assessment (regulation 6) and
prepare a plan of work (regulation 7), setting out the control measures and personal
protective equipment (PPE) to be used. The regulations also require that adequate
information, instruction and training (including refresher training) (regulation 10)
are given to the sampling personnel. Training should meet the requirements for
non-licensable asbestos work as set out in the Approved Code of Practice, Work
with materials containing asbestos. Sampling ACMs is, however, exempt from
the regulations covering licensing (regulation 8), notification of work with asbestos
(regulation 9) and health surveillance (regulation 22) by virtue of regulation 3(2), as
the exposure is sporadic and low intensity and is unlikely to exceed the control
limit. Other hazards may also be present, such as working at heights and electrical
cables. A risk assessment will need to be carried out before starting work on site
(see paragraphs 83–87). It should include any safety aspects and record any safety
protocol to be observed on site as well as fire alarm and evacuation procedures.