Regulation 4, of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012/ (CAR) 2012, requires persons responsible for non-domestic properties to manage asbestos.
The Duty Holder has to ensure the following steps have been taken to achieve compliance:
- Step 1 – Find out whether the premises contains asbestos, and, if so, where it is and what condition it is in. If in doubt, materials must be presumed to contain asbestos.
- Step 2 – Assess the risk from the asbestos present in the premises.
- Step 3 – Make a plan to manage that risk and act on it.
- Step 4 – Provide this information to other employers (eg. building contractors) who are likely to disturb any asbestos present, so that they can put in place appropriate control while the work is being done.
The process involves carrying out an asbestos survey of the site and for each asbestos-containing material identified, calculates the Material Assessment score.
Following the asbestos survey and in discussions with the employer, the Priority assessment score again for each asbestos containing material can be calculated.
By adding both the Material and Priority Assessment scores together, an overall score for each asbestos containing material is obtained. This is referred to as the Risk Assessment score for the asbestos containing material and provides the employer with a list of ranked scores for all asbestos containing materials identified on site.
The ranked scores provide guidance to the employer and Duty Holder enabling a prioritisation for action for each asbestos containing material identified.
Based upon these ranked priorities, the Duty Holder can then decide upon an appropriate Action Plan to manage those asbestos materials previously identified, ranging from:
- Leaving ACM’s in place and manage
- Remove the asbestos
- Repair the asbestos
- Monitor the condition
- Simply locking the door to prevent access
At OMC, our Consultants will discuss and help you to review both the Priority Assessment and Risk Assessment scores for each ACM’s and agree and formulate a framework for your Action Plan.
Your Asbestos Action Plan:
- Is your way of ensuring that your employees or others do not disturb your ACM’s
- Can take many forms and need not be complex, but it does need to be effective (Please click here for an example)
We are happy to listen and advise you to help meet your business needs.