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Compliance: Asbestos Regulations

28 February 2018

Compliance: Asbestos Regulations

On April 4, 2018 changes to Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 will come into effect.  

This means all commercial property owners must assess their property(s) and, where asbestos is present, prepare and implement an Asbestos Management Plan. Although most modern commercial buildings are less likely to contain asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACM), owners should note that a ban on these products only came into effect in late 2016.

What is an Asbestos Management Plan?
The Asbestos Management Plan identifies the risks posed by the asbestos present in your property and sets out procedures to control them. It is a regulatory requirement under regulation 13 of the Health & Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016, which utilises the data accumulated from asbestos surveys to manage asbestos risk.

An Asbestos Management Plan will typically include the following;

  • Policies and procedures for emergencies, refurbishments, day-to-day operations and for less usual work or tasks.
  • Key asbestos information‚ usually from an asbestos survey.
  • Risk assessments of each occurrence of asbestos.
  • Action plan.
  • Monitoring & re-inspection regimes.
  • Training requirements.
  • Roles & responsibilities.
  • Dissemination of information.
  • Duties of the asbestos coordinator.

The arrangements within the plan should be reviewed periodically. If you are unsure of where you stand regarding compliance, you can opt for a desktop study from a suitably qualified specialist that will clearly identify any gaps, if they exist, and offer a step-by-step guide to compliance.

PMG is well progressed in carrying out assessments across our entire portfolio. We would encourage any property owner who hasn’t yet begun this process to proceed with urgency to ensure ongoing legal compliance. Feel free to contact Brian Berry in our Property Management team on (07) 578 3494 should you require some assistance.

 

Brian Berry, Asset Manager (Central North Island)