Step 1. Assess whether the premises contains
Take reasonable steps to identify ACMs by:
Looking at existing plans
Consulting others, for example Maintenance
Completing a comprehensive inspection of the
premises parts that are readily accessible.
If you are not sure if a material contains asbestos you must presume that
it does unless you have strong evidence to the contrary.
Alternatively you can arrange to have samples taken and analysed to
confirm if asbestos is present, and in what form. There are 2 types of survey or inspections available:
Asbestos (Management) Survey
A Refurbishment/Pre-Demolition Asbestos Surey
It is possible to commission a combination of inspection types for
different areas of a building, the inspection must record the position and
condition of the ACMs.
Step 2. Collate the information into an asbestos
Step 3. Prepare a risk assessment of fibre release
from the ACMs. If the material is in good condition it is preferable to
leave it in place and introduce a management system unless it will be
disturbed by activities in the building. If the ACMs are in poor condition
encapsulation or removal may be required, (using licensed contractors if
When performing the risk assessment factors such as; the nature of the
client’s business, traffic levels in the affected areas, impact risk,
future plans for the building, the matrix the asbestos fibres are
contained within eg. cement, vinyl floor tiles, or sprayed insulation
should all be considered, in addition to the condition of the ACMs.
Step 4. The risk assessment is then used as the
basis for a written management plan. The written plan should identify the
parts of the premises concerned and the measures to be taken to manage the
risk specified. If materials are to remain in place they should be
monitored and regularly maintained.
The management plan, including the information about the location and
condition of the ACMs should be available to anybody liable to disturb the
material, including the emergency services.
The dutyholder(s) are expected to update the plan regularly if there are
reasons to suspect it is no longer valid, or if there has been a change in
the premises, to make the relevant amendments