Asbestos Management Plan – Asset and Liability Management
The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 introduced the concept of Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU), who have specific obligations, including eliminating and minimising risks to health and safety.
The Health & Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 were introduced on 04 April 2016, with the aim of reducing worker exposure to asbestos. White asbestos was often used in building products in New Zealand. Any buildings constructed, altered or refurbished from 1940 to 2000 are likely to contain asbestos-containing materials (ACM).
The 2016 Asbestos Regulations identified PCBU’s as having responsibility for implementing the new safety measures around the management and control of asbestos in the workplace. This includes ensuring (so far as is reasonably practicable) that all asbestos, or ACM, at the workplace are located by a competent person.
Two year transitional measures in the 2016 Asbestos Regulations meant that some of its provisions did not take effect until 04 April 2018.
Accordingly, the requirements within the Regulations around managing the risks of asbestos are now in full force. This includes the requirement for asbestos management plans and greater competency requirements for the asbestos removal industry: https://worksafe.govt.nz/about-us/news-and-media/asbestos-regulations-now-in-full-effect/
The 2016 Asbestos Regulations place a duty on businesses to have asbestos management plans in place for their buildings and workplaces where asbestos is likely to be found.
An asbestos management plan sets out where any identified asbestos or ACM is located, and how it will be managed. It must be revised at a minimum of every five years.
Fraser Thomas Limited (FTL) are able to undertake IP402 asbestos assessments, and can complete asbestos management plans that ensure you meet your legislative obligations.
Call FTL on 09 278 7078 and ask for the Environmental Team for further advice or information.
- Asbestos management
- Site Investigations
- Risk Assessments
- Management Plans