Managing my asbestos - A step by step guide

1. Introduction

If you are responsible for premises such as a shop or small industrial unit, following this scheme helps you to carry out your legal duty to manage asbestos.

This scheme helps you to do an asbestos risk assessment and produce an asbestos management plan. It involves:

  1. Finding out and recording where asbestos might be.
  2. Deciding what is most important.
  3. Deciding what action to take and how to plan any work.

Checklist - overview of steps

Before you begin, print this checklist.

This is important as the process takes some time to complete. It will help you to note down where you are up to in your assessment.

Please bookmark this page so you can return to it at a later date.

Key points

  • Work through the steps in order.
  • You won't be able to do it all at once. You will need to come back to this site as you work through the steps.
  • Some parts take longer than others.
  • You don't need to be a health and safety expert.

Important things to remember

  • Asbestos is only dangerous when disturbed - avoid unnecessary disturbance.
  • If unsure, presume that material contains asbestos.
  • The duty to manage does not require asbestos removal.
  • You don't always need a specialist. When you do, get a competent one. (More details later in the scheme)
  • If you find anything wrong while following the scheme, get help.

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