Asbestos, once widely known for its versatility and heat-resistant properties, is now recognised as a severe health hazard. When released into the air and inhaled, its microscopic fibres can cause severe health issues, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Due to the risks associated with asbestos, managing its presence in buildings is paramount. This article aims to highlight the purpose of asbestos management plans, highlighting their significance in protecting human health and ensuring compliance with regulatory standards.
Identifying and Assessing Asbestos
The primary purpose of an asbestos management survey is to identify and document the presence of asbestos related risks in the workplace. Trained asbestos surveyors thoroughly inspect the premises, visually inspecting, sampling and documenting areas suspected to contain asbestos.
Documentation provides quality assurance, eliminates delays during construction work and removes any ambiguity around when and if inspections were completed.
Formulating an Effective Management Plan
If asbestos is present at the site, you are legally required to have an Asbestos Management Plan (AMP). The data collected during the asbestos management survey is the foundation for developing an effective management plan. This plan outlines the strategies and procedures to ensure the safe management of asbestos within the premises. It includes control measure recommendations including encapsulation, enclosure, or removal of ACMs, depending on their condition and the level of risk they pose. The management plan also includes provisions for regular inspections, maintenance, and asbestos air monitoring, establishing a proactive approach to asbestos management.
Compliance with Legal and Regulatory Requirements
Another critical purpose of asbestos management surveys is to guarantee compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. In many countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, stringent regulations regarding asbestos management exist.
Detailed surveys and implementing appropriate control measures are essential to meet these legal obligations. To conduct an asbestos management survey, reach out to Global Asbestos Audits. We conduct fully documented surveys and recommend proactive asbestos management services to safeguard the well-being of individuals and communities. Contact us for more information.