Here we answer these questions as well as give tips on how to structure an asbestos management plan.
Not all businesses require an asbestos management plan. You only need to create one for your workplace if you suspect your building has asbestos or asbestos has already been identified.
If the building where you work was constructed after December of 2003, you can safely assume it is free of asbestos and you do not require an asbestos management plan.
For those working in older buildings where checks for asbestos have not yet been made, it is best to take a proactive role: employ a surveyor specializing in asbestos to assess the building and create a management plan.
The main parts of the asbestos management plan are the details on:
In addition, it is best if your plan also includes the following:
Aside from reviewing your asbestos management plan every five years, the health and safety officer may request your plan to be reviewed. These instances include after asbestos is removed, disturbed or sealed, as these events can render safety measures unnecessary or inadequate.
For businesses operating in areas where air monitoring is required, monitoring procedures will also need to be outlined in the firm’s asbestos management plan.
If you share a building with other businesses, the major duty of responsibility rests with the property’s owner. However, this does not excuse your company from managing asbestos risks. For a clearer idea of your company’s responsibilities and best operating procedures, consult a professional. They will help identify asbestos safety procedures when operating in a location with other businesses, and during any removal or renovations that may increase the risk of exposure.
For further guidance, you can approach us at eoshconsulting.com. We have years of experience and an Asia-Pacific wide network of consultants that helps us come up with smart, practical and cost-efficient asbestos management solutions.
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