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What is an Asbestos Management Plan?

What is an Asbestos Management Plan Safety Forward

Asbestos is still the single greatest cause of work-related death. Asbestos was completely banned from use in the construction industry back in 1999, 25 years later it is still a potential health risk as it remains in buildings built before 2000.

One of the HSE’s main focuses for 2024 is asbestos, following the launch of their ‘Asbestos – Your Duty’ campaign at the beginning of the year emphasising legal duties to manage asbestos, the HSE will now check how asbestos is managed when visiting including asbestos surveys and asbestos management plans, it is key that the duty holders have the correct arrangements in place.

What is an asbestos management plan?

An Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) is a comprehensive document designed to manage and control the risk of asbestos exposure in buildings. It is intended to safeguard site staff, visitors and anyone who may come into contact with asbestos containing materials (ACMs). It is meant to be a simple, and outlines the steps to prevent asbestos exposure, including details of asbestos surveys, management strategies, and the roles and responsibilities of duty holders. While traditionally paper-based, many businesses now prefer electronic records for ease of access and updates.

Do I need an Asbestos Management Plan?

If asbestos has been identified in the workplace through a survey and following Asbestos Register, then you are legally required to put an Asbestos Management Plan in place. This requirement is outlined in regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Every non-domestic property must have an AMP to manage the asbestos present and prevent exposure. Failure to have an AMP can result in significant fines or imprisonment for duty holders.

What should it contain?

  • Responsibility: Identification of the person responsible for managing asbestos and a deputy in their absence.
  • Asbestos Register: A record of the location, type, and condition of asbestos-containing materials.
  • Work Plans: Procedures for any work involving asbestos materials.
  • Monitoring Schedule: Regular checks on the condition of asbestos materials.
  • Communication: Methods for informing relevant parties about asbestos-related decisions and actions.
  • Training Needs: Identification of training requirements and how they will be met.
  • Project Management: Guidelines for managing projects involving asbestos.
  • Audit Trail: Accurate reporting for stakeholders, regulators, and local authorities.

The Asbestos Management Plan should identify the roles and responsibilities of owners, management and duty holders and identify who is the deputy duty holder in the event of the duty holder’s absence. Where there are training needs these also need to be identified as part of the plan, together with how and when they are going to be met. A good plan will also include project management guidance for any work to be carried out on the property and a clear audit trail and accurate reports for stakeholders, regulators and local authorities.

Whom does it cover?

An Asbestos Management Plan protects anyone undertaking any work of an intrusive nature in any building constructed or refurbished before the year 2000. This includes:

  • Construction and demolition workers
  • Roofers, electricians, painters, plumbers, and gas fitters
  • Surveyors and plasterers
  • Electronics and IT technicians, phone engineers
  • General maintenance engineers

When should it be reviewed?

The Asbestos Management Plan should be compiled and written before any repair or maintenance work is carried out. Asbestos materials must be monitored regularly, every 6-12 months, and the AMP should be updated to reflect any changes in the condition of these materials. The plan is a living document that requires continuous updates as long as asbestos-containing materials are present in the building.

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