Asbestos Management Plan Check List

Asbestos Management

Asbestos Management in Buildings

Asbestos Management, A brief guide

Who is Responsible?

Asbestos Management is a legal requirement and falls under The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

Regulation 4: Duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises covers the management of asbestos.

If you are responsible for the maintenance and repairs of a building, which may contain asbestos.

Then you have a duty to manage the asbestos within your property.

The Duty to Manage Asbestos Regulation 4 is part of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

The HSE have produced a brief guide to managing asbestos in buildings

Asbestos Duty Holder

You are a ‘duty holder’ if:

■ You own the building.

■ You are responsible through a contract or tenancy agreement

■ you have control of the building but no formal contract or agreement; or

■ in a multi-occupancy building, you are the owner or have taken responsibility for maintenance and repairs for the whole building.

The following types of Buildings are affected .

■ All non-domestic buildings, whatever the type of business.

■ The common areas of domestic buildings, e.g. halls, stairwells, lift shafts, roof spaces.

■ All other domestic properties are not affected by the duty to manage.

I'm not the Duty Holder!

Suppose you are not the duty holder but have information about the building.

In that case, you must co-operate with the duty holder, e.g. leaseholders must allow managing agents access for inspection.

Why does asbestos need to be managed?

Asbestos is only a risk to health if asbestos fibres are released into the air and breathed in.

Breathing in airborne asbestos fibres can cause asbestos-related diseases.

The management regulations aim to make sure the fibres do not become airborne.

Which building need to be managed?

Any buildings built or refurbished before the year 2000 may contain asbestos.

As long as the asbestos-containing material (ACM) is in good condition and is not being or going to be disturbed or damaged, there is negligible risk.

But if it is disturbed or damaged, it can become a danger to health because people may breathe in any asbestos fibres released into the air.

Who is at risk?

The more asbestos fibres breathed in, the greater the health risk.

Anyone working in a building, where the asbestos is not being managed properly.

Workers who may be exposed to asbestos when carrying out maintenance and repair jobs are at risk.

Such workers include:

■ construction and demolition contractors, roofers, electricians, painters and decorators, joiners, plumbers, gas fitters, plasterers, shopfitters, heating and ventilation engineers, and surveyors;

■ anyone dealing with electronics, e.g. phone and IT engineers, and alarm installers;

■ general maintenance engineers and others who work on the fabric of a building.

If asbestos is present and can be readily disturbed by others occupying the premises, it could put them at risk.

The HSE has produced a brief guide to managing asbestos in buildings.

How to sample a garage roof.

How to take a sample from an asbestos cement roof

Asbestos garage roof corrugated Sheets.

Asbestos cement is usually very tough and contains 10 to 15% Chrysotile asbestos.

The fibres are bound in Portland cement. If you break a small piece off, most of the fibres will stay bound and not be released into the air.

You should wear a disposable FFP3 mask or a half-face reusable mask fitted with a P3 Filtre.

A fit check should be carried out to ensure an adequate seal is formed between the face and the seal.

Follow the manufacturers’ instructions supplied with the mask.

You should also wear a Type 5/6 Category 3 Coverall, gloves to protect your hands, google to protect your eyes and boots without laces.

More detailed information on RPE/PPE can be found by clicking the following link

HSE Website

It is better to seek a damaged portion of the asbestos garage roof where it will be easier to remove a small sample.

The sample should be obtained using blunt-nosed pliers or a screwdriver blade to remove a small section from an edge or corner.

If your pliers have serrated jaws, wrap a wet wipe over the material before you snap off a small area of the roof sheet.

The sample size should be at least 5 cm2.

You must take precautions to prevent falls through the fragile sheets and working at heights.

A block of raw Chrysotile Asbestos Fibres

Remove or Replace.

If you have an asbestos cement asbestos roof.

There are several ways you deal with it.

The three main options are as follows:

  1. REMOVAL and REPLACEMENT.
  2. OVERCLADDING.
  3. COATING/PAINTING.

We tend to recommend REMOVAL and REPLACEMENT of asbestos cement.

Why Remove and Replace.

You only do the job once, and the cement asbestos problem is gone.

It’s cheaper in the long run because you have done the job properly once and don’t need to worry about the cost of doing it again.

There is a massive range of roofing materials to choose from.

Long term safety: You don’t need to worry about the asbestos cement roof sheets any more.

The alternatives may cause more damage to the old asbestos cement roof sheets.

Speed: Asbestos removal contractors can complete within one day, so keeping the disruption to a minimum.