Asbestos removal is an important part of an asbestos management plan. As the name suggests, asbestos removal is the process in which a qualified individual removes an asbestos containing material (ACM) from a location in your workplace, so that it can be disposed of safely.
An important part of this process is the creation of an asbestos removal control plan. This article will cover everything you need to know about an asbestos removal control plan, including what they are, why they’re important and how you can make your own.
What is an asbestos removal control plan?
An asbestos removal control plan is a document that is created in the event that an ACM has been scheduled for removal. This document contains important information, including;
- The parties involved in the removal of the asbestos;
- The details concerning the ACM being removed (i.e. condition, location, etc.);
- Steps taken to prepare for the asbestos removal;
- Consultations with the building’s occupants;
- Risk mitigation measures;
- Potential hazards;
- Available PPE, tools and equipment;
- ACM removal methods;
- Asbestos assessor details, etc.
The goal of an asbestos removal control plan is to outline every single possible element factoring into the removal of an ACM. This document can then be used as a reference throughout the ACM removal process, making it as safe and efficient as possible.
According to Safework Australia, an asbestos removal control plan is mandatory before any asbestos removal can be conducted, per the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Last Amended in 2018).
Are there any templates for asbestos removal control plans available?
Yes. Examples of templates for asbestos removal control plans that are readily available on the internet include;
- Northern Territory Environment Protection Agency
- SafeWork NSW
- Victorian State Government - Department of Health and Safety
- WorkSafe Tasmania
For more information; including state legislature on asbestos removal control plans, as well as templates from your State Government, we recommend you consult your relevant State Government Health and Safety website;
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- South Australia
- Western Australia
Can Octfolio help me with my asbestos removal control plan?
Octfolio is a type of asbestos management software that can help with the creation of an asbestos removal control plan by storing all of the information on your ACMs in a secure and accessible location.
This information can be compiled into reports and easily sent to all important stakeholders, ensuring that everybody is informed of an ACM prior to its removal. In the event that you need to write up an asbestos removal control plan, you can easily find all of the information you need on an ACM thanks to Octfolio.
Not only does Octfolio have comprehensive asbestos registers that are easy to both create and update, it also has the functionality to map asbestos containing materials across multiple building locations, making it an invaluable asset for any business (big or small) when it comes to the creation of an asbestos removal control plan.
What features does Octfolio have?
To aid with all aspects of asbestos removal, Octfolio has the following features;
- Asset management
- Report management
- Compliance management
- Document management
- Maintenance management
- Digital asbestos register
- Field data collection
- Automated reporting
- Workflow automation
- Risk calculator
- Asbestos mapping software
Octfolio gives you full control over the asbestos management of your business.