Asbestos Management Plans
What is an asbestos management plan?
An Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) is mandatory under the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations. It is a working document, created for registering identified asbestos containing products and the details of how asbestos these will be managed in a property. It ensures that people in control of a building or workplace take measures to minimise the potential risk of exposure to inhabitants from airborne asbestos fibres.
The AMP must contain clear information about all asbestos containing items identified on the property including where they are located, so that they can be managed safely.
An effective asbestos management plan must include:
- An asbestos register which identifies the type, condition, location, and accessibility of all asbestos materials
- Clear item location indicators such as photos and maps
- Material risk assessments for each asbestos-containing material to determine what should be prioritised for removal first
- Decisions about management options, such as whether to remove or monitor asbestos, and the reasons for those decisions
- Responsibilities of those who will take charge of implementing the plan
- Training arrangements for workers and contractors who will work with or around any asbestos materials
- A procedure for review of the plan, risk assessments and the asbestos register
Your asbestos management plan needs to be clear and unambiguous, so that all the controls implemented to prevent exposure to asbestos are able to be fully and correctly implemented.
Do I need an asbestos management plan?
If you are a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU), or in charge of a workplace that contains asbestos containing items, then the answer is yes.
You must have an asbestos management plan which complies with the Health & Safety at Work (asbestos) Regulations 2016.
Who is an asbestos management plan for?
An AMP is designed to prevent asbestos exposure to occupants of workplaces, tenants and visitors to a property.
It is a mandatory requirement under the Health and Safety at Work Asbestos Regulations and is monitored by Worksafe NZ.
Simply put, the Asbestos Management Plan is there to ensure that the property does not cause a risk to any inhabitant leading to serious life-threatening illnesses. It must be upto date andreadily available for all workers and contractors who work in or on a building that contains asbestos.
How to get an asbestos management plan
Creating an asbestos management plan is best achieved through a collaborative approach between a qualifed asbestos surveyor and the client.
To assist you to build an effective and usable plan, our IANZ Accredited asbestos management experts will break down the process into three basic states; Identify, Create, Review.
Identifying asbestos-containing materials is best achieved by getting an asbestos survey conducted by an IANZ Accredited company for conducting Asbestos building inspections such as Fibresafe NZ Ltd.
Our BOHS internationally qualified surveyors will locate suspect items, test and sample them to determine whether asbestos is present, or presume items that are likely to contain asbestos. All the relevant information is then recorded within an Asbestos Management Survey report.
With the information and assessment of asbestos materials from the survey report, an Asbestos Management Plan is then created, containing best practice recommendations for how you should consider managing the asbestos materials.
We provide the AMP in PDF format with versioning to ensure document control.
Recommendations must be based on experience and fully meet the level of controls necessary to protect the occupants of the property for it to meet legal obligations.
When the plan has been put together for you, it is ready for you to review. We can make changes requested and help you arrange any additional information required, such as; those individuals that hold specific duties or other responsible persons, permits to work, training requirements, registers and any additions that will help you manage asbestos materials most effectively.
Remember the AMP must suit the specific requirements of the Business or Undertaking so the controls and recommendations must be fit for purpose.
What to do when you've got the plan
Have the plan available for anyone who requests it, or will be working on or around asbestos materials identified within it. A contractor might ask if you’ve had a material tested for asbestos before they will work on it, you must be ablet to show them your management plan to let them know an item has been tested for asbestos and the result of the analysis.
It needs to be reviewed periodically.
In New Zealand the Health & Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 state “you must review the asbestos management plan every five years”. The management plan must also be revised when controls are reviewed, additional items are located, or when changes occur to those materials such as removal, remediation, or repairs.
Client Portal - Your asbestos documents all in one place
With large portfolios of properties it can be tough keeping all your asbestos documents and their correct versions in the right place, if you need a bit of back up, we’ve got an online portal to help manage your onsite asbestos containing materials. You can even allow your contractors and property management staff to access your management plan at the touch of a screen. This also provides a secure repository for you to store your asbestos management documentation and processes, and ensure you’ve got the right copy when you’ve got the ball rolling.
Fibresafe NZ Plans
Ensure you meet your legislative requirements
A Fibresafe NZ Asbestos Management Plan identifies the risks posed by the asbestos present in your property, and sets out procedures to control them.
What’s included in your plan:
- Risk assessments
- Action planning, monitoring and re-inspection processes
- Roles and responsibilities of key personnel
- Duties of the Asbestos Coordinator
- Policies and procedures for emergencies, refurbishments, and day-to-day operations
- Dissemination of information to appropriate parties
- Training requirements for staff
- Ongoing support and periodic reviews of the plan