Asbestos is the greatest single cause of work related deaths in the UK from diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
R B Asbestos Consultants have almost 30 years of expertise when it comes to helping clients manage asbestos – commonly found in premises built before the year 2000.
If an asbestos survey indicates asbestos containing materials (ACM) are present in a non-domestic property built pre 2000 the duty holder (i.e the owner or maintaining tenant of a property) has two choices: To remove the asbestos appropriately or manage the materials within a management plan complying with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
The Asbestos Management Plan
Step one of the management process is ensuring all asbestos containing materials are safe, sealed and clearly labelled (where appropriate).
The asbestos management plan is a written document detailing the location and condition of the ACM within the property.
It is now the duty holder’s responsibility to manage the asbestos within the property – they may require appropriate asbestos awareness training or management of asbestos in non domestic premises training.
The asbestos management plan requires regular review and revision in relation to the occupancy or change of use to the building – typically on an annual basis as a minimum.
Permit to Work System
A permit-to-work system is a formal written system used to control certain types of work that are potentially hazardous. This system is one of the best ways to prevent damage to ACM – protecting an organisation and individuals from asbestos risks.