Risk Assesment & Management
Asbestos Risk Assessment
ACMs (Asbestos Containing Materials) may be present if your building was constructed or refurbished before the year 2000, however blue and brown asbestos was banned in 1985 and in some cases ACMs such as textured coatings were used up until 1999.
- Chrysotile (white)
- Amosite (brown)
- Crocidolite (blue)
A risk assessment is essential to help you comply with the new duty. The Asbestos Group will carry out a survey and once complete it will be presented in a fully bound report comprising a risk assessment and management of asbestos strategy. This will act as your asbestos register and a log for any ACMs present in your building. It is the foundation of the ‘Duty to Manage Asbestos’ regulations within your premises.
Management of Asbestos
In order to have an effective asbestos management programme, it is necessary to establish clear lines of responsibility for the programme’s management and implementation.
A survey of the premises must be undertaken to locates and assess the ACMs. The results of the survey must be recorded in an easily retrievable form, which can then be used to make a risk assessment and draw up a management plan. The management plan may include some or all of the following options:
- Clean up debris
- Encapsulate (paint or seal)
- Maintain and update log of ACMs
- Monitor condition (applies to all presumed or identified ACMs)
- Restrict access/isolate
- Define and use safe systems to work
- Operate a permit-to-work system
Several of the management options apply to all ACMs and are required by CAR. Others are appropriate for ACMs which have a high material or risk assessment score. Guidance on risk assessment and the management of asbestos will be available from The Asbestos Group.