Asbestos risk assessment
Risk assessments are about identifying and controlling associated risks.
Whoever carries out the asbestos risk assessment and visual inspection should be accompanied by the fabric convener or other fabric-minded persons to ensure that they suitably and sufficiently consider all the likely areas and suspected materials on site, the likelihood of the material being disturbed or damaged, and establish the potential risk of ACM exposure and identify who may be affected.
When carrying out an asbestos risk assessment, you must:
- Identify the action to be taken to remove the risk or, if that is not possible, to reduce the risk to as low as possible, e.g. restricted access to areas and warning signage put in place. (Signage should still be placed on suspected materials and access points.)
- Record the findings of the risk assessment and the action to be taken and inform employees and all other building users
- Implement the actions to be taken
- Review and update the risk assessment as required in line with the ongoing asbestos management plan
If you are planning any maintenance or building works in the affected areas where it is likely to be disturbed, we highly recommend you instruct a competent asbestos professional to formally identify the ACM and type(s) present in your building. Your architect or appointed project manager would be able to give advice on avoidance or removal of the ACM if required for planned works. The condition of the identified ACM should be checked and recorded every 6 months in your asbestos register to ensure that its condition has not deteriorated and it has not been disturbed.