Asbestos Management Plans: Manage and Plan Asbestos Safety
All businesses have an obligation to take asbestos management seriously, both for health safety and compliance reasons. Part of this obligation involves the creation of robust and actionable asbestos management plans that:
- Can be easily disseminated amongst your employees
- Will update whenever necessary (which will be often)
- Has some form of data validation to eliminate human error
With a successful asbestos management plan; you are able to record asbestos effectively in an asbestos register, inform your employees that the register has been changed, ensure that they are aware of the consequences of asbestos exposure and provide them with other appropriate measures of control.
What does an asbestos management plan need to do?
The goal of an asbestos management plan is to aid both you and your employees in preventing exposure to asbestos fibres and asbestos containing materials in the workplace. In order to achieve that, there are certain criteria that an asbestos management plan must meet.
These criteria include the following:
An asbestos management plan must be clear in its presentation.
If your asbestos management plan does not specify clear aims, it is objectively useless. It should outline the steps to be taken in the event of asbestos containing material (ACM) identification, as well as the timeline for these steps to take place.
You need to make sure that your asbestos management plan contains the following:
An asbestos management plan must aid asbestos management.
It sounds obvious, but it is worth noting nonetheless. You must write your asbestos management plan in relation to identified or assumed asbestos or ACM, as well as naturally occurring asbestos at your workplace.
To that end, it’s important that your asbestos management plan contains:
An asbestos management plan must be kept up to date.
Your asbestos management plan must be readily accessible to everybody at your workplace, and kept up to date. On top of reviewing your asbestos management plan every five years, you should also review it if:
- a control measure or the register is reviewed
- asbestos is removed from, or disturbed, sealed or enclosed
- the plan is no longer adequate for managing asbestos or ACM at the workplace
- a health and safety representative requests a review in certain circumstances
What is the best software to use with your asbestos management plan?
Octfolio is a simple yet comprehensive asbestos software solution that gives you full control over the management of your asbestos assets. It contains every function that you need in order to successfully handle all aspects of your asbestos management plan, including;
- Asset management
- Report management
- Document management
- Maintenance management
- Digital asbestos register
- Field data collection
- Automated reporting
- Workflow automation
- Asbestos mapping software