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Taking Effective Action

Asbestos Knowledge Base

Managing asbestos left in place

Duty holders should note the location and condition of all ACMs or presumed ACMs on their building plans and keep the information up to date. This can be done in a number of ways from a simple paper based system for small buildings to the use of multi-user networked solutions for bigger organisations. The issue is about managing data, keeping it up to date and providing periodic reports for those who need to be made aware and those who should be auditing the management process.

Duty holders should ensure that the appropriate signage is placed on or near all ACMs for all to see. Examples include;

  • Danger asbestos
  • Do not disturb
  • Report accidental damage immediately

See: Informing people at work about ACMs

Repair and Removal

There are circumstances where damaged ACMs can be made safe by repairing, sealing or enclosing it to prevent further damage. Where this is not the case and the ACMs are likely to be disturbed during routine maintenance work or in daily use, then they should be removed by qualified personnel. The management records need to reflect the action taken so that others can share the information.

Check what you have done

The duty holder needs to have an effective plan for inspecting the ACMs left in place so that their condition can be monitored. The time between inspections can vary between monthly and 12 months, depending on the condition of the material and where it is.

Monitor and review effectiveness of plan

The asbestos management plan for the premises should be the method to control the risk of asbestos exposure to anyone working in the building. The plan will need reviewing, updating and to be made available in an updated form to all those concerned with the control of the workplace and those working in and around it.