What is an asbestos management plan?
An asbestos management plan sets out where any identified asbestos or asbestos-containing material is present & how it will be managed.
The workplace PCBU must make sure a copy of the asbestos management plan is readily accessible to workers and their representatives. As well as to other PCBUs. A copy of the plan should be kept at the workplace.
The workplace PCBU must review and (if necessary) revise the asbestos management plan every five years, or when:
- asbestos controls are reviewed
- asbestos is removed, disturbed, sealed or enclosed
- the plan is no longer adequate for managing the asbestos risks. For example, if new asbestos is identified, or if a previously inaccessible area is now accessible.
As well, a representative for workers at a workplace may request a review of an asbestos management plan if the representative reasonably believes that:
- any of the situations noted above affects, or may affect, the health and safety of a member of the work group being represented, and
- the workplace PCBU has not adequately reviewed the asbestos management plan in relation to the situation.
When is an asbestos management plan needed?
A PCBU must have an asbestos management plan in place for a structure where asbestos is found or is likely to be present at a workplace from time to time.
Having an asbestos management plan will ensure that a PCBU can manage risks in situations where people at the property – such as workers, tenants, clients or other visitors – could be exposed to respirable asbestos fibres (fibres able to be breathed in).
Should you require any help performing a Survey prior to an Asbestos Management Plan or you wish HazMat to perform an asbestos management plan for your workplace, building site or rental property please contact us.