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The Importance of an Asbestos Management Plan For Property Owners and Managers

Phil Murden, Armour’s New Operations Manager, Explains Why Having an Asbestos Management Plan is Crucial For Property Owners and Managers.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was extensively used in building materials for its heat resistance and durability. However, it was later discovered that asbestos fibres, when released into the air and inhaled, can lead to serious health issues, including lung diseases and cancer.

Having an asbestos management plan is crucial for property owners and managers due to the potential health hazards associated with asbestos exposure and to meet Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulation 2012.

Here is why having an asbestos management plan is essential:

  • Health and Safety Compliance: Asbestos is a regulated material in the UK due to its health risks. Property owners and managers have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of occupants, workers, and visitors by managing asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) properly.
  • Risk Assessment: An asbestos management plan involves conducting a thorough inspection and assessment of the property to identify any ACMs present. This allows for a better understanding of the potential risks and the appropriate steps to mitigate them.
  • Risk Mitigation: The management plan outlines procedures and protocols for handling, maintaining, or removing ACMs safely. This helps prevent accidental damage to these materials, reducing the risk of fibre release into the air.
  • Emergency Readiness: In the event of accidents or unexpected damage to materials, an asbestos management plan provides guidelines for handling emergency situations and minimizing exposure risks.  All building users should have free access to the asbestos management plan, so they are informed of what to do if they suspect asbestos may be/has been disturbed.
  • Regular Monitoring: The plan may include a schedule for periodic monitoring and re-inspection to ensure that ACMs remain in good condition and that any changes are detected promptly.  This needs to be recorded annually to comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
  • Awareness and Training: An asbestos management plan often includes training for staff and occupants, helping them understand the risks, proper handling, and reporting procedures.  The asbestos management plan will also detail the roles and responsibilities of all building users and the duty holder for the building.

As for how Armour Analytical Services Ltd can help, we are an asbestos consulting and testing company, specialising in assisting property owners and managers with various aspects of asbestos management, including:

  • Asbestos Testing: They can conduct comprehensive asbestos surveys and sampling to identify the presence of ACMs in the property.
  • Risk Assessment: Our fully qualified team can assess the condition of ACMs and provide a detailed risk assessment report.
  • Asbestos Management Plan Development: We can create a customised management plan tailored to the specific needs and requirements of the property.
  • Air Monitoring: We will conduct air monitoring to assess asbestos fibre levels during maintenance or removal activities.
  • Project Management: In cases where asbestos removal or remediation is necessary, we can oversee the project to ensure compliance with regulations and safety protocols.
  • Compliance Support: At Armour Analytical Services Ltd we can help property owners and managers comply with local regulations and legal requirements related to asbestos.

Having a reliable and experienced asbestos consulting company like Armour Analytical Services Ltd can provide peace of mind, knowing that the property is being managed in a manner that prioritises the health and safety of all occupants while meeting legal obligations.

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