An asbestos management plan is basically a written document which sets out procedures that employers in an asbestos-related job or industry will undertake to safely manage the workplace and potentially exposed workers. The plan needs to contain: instructions on what to do if there is an asbestos release, for example, asbestos being found on the ground. It also needs to contain information on what people can do if there is an asbestos-related explosion or fire at the site.
The general duties of an asbestos management company are to: maintain the safety of the workers, and control the exposure of workers to asbestos containing materials. They are responsible for notifying the relevant authorities if they notice a possible contamination. They also act as guarantors for anybody who has been injured in an asbestos-related accident or incident.
There are four main parts to a proper asbestos management plan. These are hazard analysis, random inspection of the site, protective equipment and control measures and final review. In the case of a mine or factory, the overall manager of the site carries out the entire procedure. In a retail outlet, the location and type of asbestos being used, the types of asbestos used and its location, the frequency with which it would be cleaned and maintained, the type of protective clothing that would be worn and other preventive measures to be taken, are all determined by the location and type of asbestos containing materials being used. If any of these factors are missing or lacking, then the plan will be insufficient.
When you’re looking into the possibility of developing one of these asbestos management plans, you should be aware of the current regulations in place regarding the control and abatement of asbestos products. These regulations are governed by the ASBOs and are designed to protect the public. This information can be found in the “Regulations Relating to Asbestos Abatement” section located on the Department of Health’s website.
The first thing you want to consider when formulating your asbestos management plans is the current condition of the asbestos containing building materials in your facility. This includes a random survey of the exterior of your facility and any areas that may have been previously exposed. It also includes a visual survey of the interior. These surveys are often conducted daily and can be completed as often as necessary to ensure the protection of the public’s health. Once the area has been designated as being safe for asbestos removal and/or abatement, it will then be subject to random inspection at scheduled intervals.
Another important part of the process involves the identification of the asbestos containing materials. This would include any ceiling tiles, insulation, plumbing, doors, windows, walls or cabinets that may contain the dangerous substance. These materials will be identified based on the type of asbestos being used and where it is located within the facility. Next, control measures will be put into place to make sure that asbestos is not getting into the air and reaching the public. A specific asbestos management plan will then be put into place for the rooms containing the asbestos.
Control measures are usually in place for the rooms that have asbestos-containing building material. If an asbestos spill or other incidents occur, periodic surveillance and immediate response actions will be implemented to contain the situation. An asbestos removal team will be sent to the site to clean up the spill or incident. The most common response actions to deal with spills include sealing affected materials, segregating the area, cleaning the site, removing any debris, vacuuming, or sealing the area.
Finally, the asbestos management plan response actions will address the safe removal and disposal of the asbestos-containing building material. This will include marking the area with an “A” for asbestos and sealing it off. Responsible employees will be trained on how to safely handle asbestos-containing materials and dispose of it in a safe manner. An asbestos remediation team will be sent to dispose of the asbestos waste safely.