Under the duty to manage specified in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, an asbestos register is required to give information on all asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in non-domestic premises. With asbestos still widely found in many buildings constructed before its prohibition in 1999, there are widespread risks for workers and occupants if ACMs are not properly identified and managed.
What Is The Asbestos Register?
An asbestos register is an essential document that helps to guide maintenance, renovation and demolition work in buildings that may contain asbestos. It is intended to specify the location and condition of all ACMs within the building to avoid unexpected exposure to harmful asbestos fibres.
What Does An Asbestos Register Contain?
An asbestos register contains records of any asbestos identified in the fabric of the building as well as in any equipment, fittings, pipes, ducting and so on. The register should also indicate where ACMs are assumed to be present, even if it cannot be fully determined. It should be fully up-to-date and specify the location, type,condition and quantity of the asbestos recorded.
When Should The Register Be Updated?
The asbestos register should be updated whenever there is any change to the building such as renovations, maintenance work or accidental damage. At the very least, it must be updated annually and more frequently depending on the condition of the asbestos or the mode of use of the building.
You should make regular inspections to verify the conditions of known ACMs within the building. If new ACMs are found, these must be added as soon as possible, and where asbestos is removed, the register should also be updated accordingly.
How Is An Asbestos Register Used?
An asbestos register can be stored on paper, electronically or online. Whichever way the data is stored, it should be easily accessible for any parties working in the building in order to inform them of any potential risks of asbestos exposure.
Specifically, the register must be consulted when any works are planned, be they renovation, demolition or maintenance. When tendering for contractors, the register must be made available so that bidders can accurately consider their safety requirements and capacities.
How OMC Consultants Can Help
OMC Consultants are health and safety experts with extensive expertise in asbestos management and planning. We can provide you with independent asbestos safety advice and solutions for your workplace.
At OMC Consultants, we are happy to assist you with any legally required asbestos management surveys. We will also help with gathering the data into the correct form to compile the register. For more information, please contact us on 01484 425043.
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