- In particular the duty holder must:
- Take reasonable steps to find materials in premises likely to contain asbestos and check their condition.
- Presume that materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence to the contrary.
- Make a written record of the location and condition of asbestos and presumed asbestos containing materials (ACMs). Keep this record up to date.
- Assess the risk of anyone being exposed to these materials.
- Prepare a plan to manage that risk and put it into effect.
Asbestos: The Survey Guide (HSG264)
In 2010, the Health & Safety Executive launched a new asbestos guidance document which includes important regulatory changes for the way asbestos surveys are planned and delivered. The guide replaces and expands on the surveying industry standard- ‘MDHS100: Surveying, sampling and the assessment of asbestos containing materials’.
The new guidance assists asbestos surveyors, as well as providing advice for those who are required to implement and manage asbestos under Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR 2012) in non-domestic premises.
There are two types of survey: the ‘Management Survey’ and the ‘Refurbishment and Demolition Survey’. The new surveys are more self-explanatory and promote better liaison between surveyor and duty holder pre-survey to ensure accurate and useable survey information.
The importance of a Management Plan
A written plan must be prepared to ensure that as far as reasonably practicable no one can come to harm from asbestos on the premises. The plan can be a paper copy or in a version accessible from a computer database. In particular the plan must include the following elements:
- An organization structure with clear lines of responsibility.
- A survey of the premises to locate and assess ACMs. The results of the survey must be recorded in an easily retrievable form, which can then be used to make a risk assessment. In turn this can be used to draw up the remedial part of the management plan.
- A procedure for ensuring that asbestos containing materials are inspected on a regular basis to ensure that they are kept in a good state of repair.
- If necessary repair or remove any asbestos containing material due to its condition or location.
- Provide information on the location and condition of asbestos containing materials to anyone potentially at risk.
- Label or colour code ACMs.
- Define and use safe systems of work. This may include a permit to work system.
- Review the management plan at least every 6 months.
HBE Asbestos Management Services
HBE will develop a personalised UKAS accredited Asbestos Management Plan for your organisation consisting of;
- An Asbestos policy and a procedures document for each site.
- 24/7 online access to your records through our secure online records system.
- Regular surveying and bulk sampling:
- Risk Assessment Survey – Location & assessment survey (presumptive survey)
- Management Survey - Standard sampling, identification and assessment survey
- Refurbishment and Demolition Survey – Full access sampling and identification survey (pre-demolition)
- Condition reports
- Risk management programmes