G&L Consultancy Ltd specialises in providing the complete service to ensure that clients fully comply with the duty to manage under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
This involves not only locating the presence of asbestos and carrying out any remedial actions that are required, but knowing how to manage the materials on an on-going basis.
G&L Consultancy Ltd is able to organise and manage all stages of Asbestos Remediation Projects which are required as part of active Asbestos Management.
This management process involves a number of steps including some, or all, of the following:
- Priority Assessments >
The likelihood of an incident occurring with each asbestos containing material
- Risk Assessments >
The severity of risk combined with the likelihood of risk
- Asbestos Management Plan >
- Awareness Training for Employees, Contractors and others >
- Permit to Work Scheme >
- Monitor and Review the Materials >
G&L Consultancy Ltd can provide clients with whatever level of assistance is required in all of these areas; from writing an Asbestos Management Plan, implementing all the stages, and overseeing any removal works; to simply offering advice when needed.
The survey will contain an algorithm called the Material Assessment, which will tell you the Severity of the Risk posed by each of the ACMs. Your next step is to carry out another algorithm called the Priority Assessment, which will establish the Likelihood of an incident occurring with each of the ACMs.
The Priority Assessment must be carried out, at least in part, by the Duty Holder because, while the Duty Holder can nominate someone else to do all or part of the work, the legal responsibility cannot be delegated. It can be useful for the person who carried out the survey to assist with the Priority Assessment.
Please note that Priority Assessments are outside the scope of our UKAS accreditation.
The Severity of the risk of each ACM, established in the Material Assessment, is used with the Likelihood of the risk, established by the Priority Assessment, to generate individual Risk Assessments for each ACM.
The Risk Assessments can then be used to decide what action to take with each ACM, from immediate removal to annual monitoring.
Asbestos Management Plan
The Asbestos Management Plan is produced from the actions detailed in the Risk Assessment. This plan will include details of what is to happen to each of the asbestos containing material, when it is going to happen, who is responsible for each action and to whom those people are accountable.
The Management Plan will also detail the various types of training that is required, which members of staff need which training and who is to provide it. The Plan will also detail the Permit to Work Scheme and detail the Monitoring and Reviewing of the Asbestos Survey and the Management Plan.
Awareness and Training
Different members of staff will require different levels of training. Maintenance staff, who have to work in and around ACMs as part of their duties, will need more detailed training than non-maintenance staff. The non-maintenance staff, particularly those that will witness any asbestos removal activities, will need some form of basic asbestos awareness training, to alleviate any fears they might have.
External contractors, such as plumbers and electricians, who enter your building to work in the vicinity of ACMs may need a site induction; they will certainly need to be briefed on how your Permit to Work scheme works, and you may wish to incorporate an element of asbestos awareness in whatever training they do receive.
G&L offers a full range of Training Courses and will be able to develop site-specific training, as required.
Permit to Work Scheme
Depending on whether you had a Management Survey (without samples), a Management Survey (with samples) or a Refurbishment or Demolition Survey carried out, will determine the type of Permit to Work scheme you need.
A Management Survey (without samples) leads to a Permit to Work scheme requiring the External Contractor to identify the materials that need disturbing and then samples of these materials being sent for Bulk Sample Analysis. This involves several days’ delay and requires an extra site visit from the External Contractor. If the material is analysed as not containing asbestos, the work can go ahead. If the sample is identified as a licensable ACM, in order for the External Contractor to do the work, the ACM must be removed by a Licensed Contractor first. This involves at least a three-week delay and unexpected cost.
If a Management Survey (with samples) or Refurbishment and Demolition Survey has been done, the materials that the External Contractor needs to work on are compared against the asbestos survey and register and providing none of the materials are ACMs, the External Contractor is given signed permission to work on those materials. If the material is found to be a licensable ACM, then the same three-week delay will apply.
Monitor and Review (Reinspections)
If your asbestos survey and register shows that your building contains ACMs, then these materials will have to be reviewed, typically, annually.
Usually this involves a reinspection of the ACMs identified in the asbestos register to check the Material Assessment is still applicable. This process is then followed through the Priority Assessment, Risk Assessments and Management Plan, to ensure that everything is up to date and operational.