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Asbestos Management Plan (AMP): Better be Alert than Sorry
With the history of massive use of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in the past, it is only natural that residential, commercial or government buildings were affected by the presence of ACMs. This hazardous material is found nearly in every part of a building in various products.
Its widespread began in the 1800s. Friable ACM products were used in commercial and industrial premises for insulation, soundproofing and fireproofing. Their use also could still be found in residential buildings constructed before 1990. Therefore, awareness related to fibrous products is really necessary for everyone, especially those who live or rent an old house.
How to Identify ACMs in a Residential Building
If you wonder whether the house you have bought or rent has fibrous products installed, just check the age of the building. That is why before you buy or rent, make sure you ask the real estate agent about it. It surely helps you avoid getting contamination from fibrous materials.
The fact is, houses built before the mid-1980s were commonly installed with fibrous materials. They mostly contain asbestos cement (AC) sheet. AC is the most common material to be found in and out a structure. The material is a mixture of asbestos, around 10-15%, and cement.
Common places of where ACMs can be found:
- Water pipes
- Exterior wall cladding
- Backing material on floor tiles
- Insulation on hot water pipes and domestic heaters
How about homes built in between 1980 until 1990? Sadly, they also contain fibrous materials. Only houses built after 1990 that are unlikely to contain any material containing dangerous fibres.
For valid data related to ACMs, the best thing to do is performing a testing because the fibres contained in an ACM is extremely small to be observed by eyes without any help from a specialised equipment. An inspection or survey is the first step before testing.
The purpose is to:
- Do a visual inspection of accessible places.
- Identify materials containing dangerous fibres.
- Document the type of the material also its accessibility.
- Evaluate recent condition along with its potential damage.
- Give recommendations to control or minimise any risk.
The activity involves the identification and assessment of materials containing deadly fibres within a structure. The suspected materials will be sent to a NATA accredited laboratory for further testing. Since inspection and testing involving dangerous activities, such as taking samples from a suspected material, it is fully recommended that a professional assessor performs the activities.
A single mistake during the sampling can pose a health risk. If the fibres are accidentally disturbed during sampling, they can become airborne and inhaled. Testing should also be done on a property before a refurbishment or demolition project.
The Professional Person for Inspection or Survey
The professional or competent person according to the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) is an individual who has acquired some knowledge and skills to conduct the jobs over training, experiences and qualification.
Therefore, the qualified person that has the knowledge to identify ACMs is:
- Familiar with the procedure of buildings and constructions, so that the person can determine the area where products containing hazardous fibres exist.
- Having the ability to differentiate friable from non-friable product and evaluate its condition.
- Well-trained to handle and perform sampling, having the information and experience to distinguish ACMs and able to decide risk and control measures.
Although inspection and testing are suggested to be done by a professional, DIY is also allowed. However, for any individual who will do the testing, do remember to use protective kits during the sampling. Make sure you can minimise the risk of disturbance of the suspected materials. Do not forget to put the samples in doubled bags and sealed them before sending the samples to the lab. The result of the test is in the form of a document or a register. The report is then used to form an AMP.
It is a document that assists you all related individuals about the presence and place of ACM in a building. This document will ensure that any contractors working on a site know where the place and condition of fibrous materials. The register is accompanied an AMP.
Every building that is confirmed of being installed with products containing dangerous fibres should have an AMP, especially for a building built before 1990 that was likely to contain ACMs. The AMP is needed because it helps in managing any fibrous product in a contaminated structure, building or soil or waste. The purpose is to set up an appropriate procedure for any identified fibrous materials in a building.
The management plan must include information related to:
- The work capacity that will be done.
- Risk assessment process.
- The frequency of maintenance activity.
- The relevant training and introduction of all related individual to ensure that they apply required actions to keep themselves safe and do not disturb the fibrous materials.
- An availability access of fibrous products.
Remember to Review the AMP
Is AMP needed to be reviewed and updated regularly? Yes, it is because AMP has to be kept current and relevant with the condition of the fibrous materials.
So, it will need to be updated and reviewed when:
- There is a reassessment of the register or current control measures.
- Removal, disturbance or repair of any fibrous material that takes place in the workplace.
- The plan is insufficient for handling products containing dangerous fibres or ACMs in the workplace.
- A review is asked by a representative of the health and safety department.
- Once in every five years at the least.
Remember that an AMP should be readable and make sure that any individual in the building, either the worker, builder, or the safety representative, can access the AMP.
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If you need to complete a control plan before the removal, our endorsed contractors are available to assist you. The contractors we endorse will also assist you for the cleaning and the disposal process – safely and efficiently. The waste will be transported to an authorised landfill.
When you need to manage the fibrous products safely, using asbestos management plan Launceston services is definitely a recommended choice for you. All the working process will be performed according to the rules and regulations. Our endorsed removalists have years of experiences and an accredited certification. Expect an excellent result of service when you hire our approved contractors.
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