Asbestos assessment is crucial when work on a property has a chance of disturbing asbestos-containing materials (ACM). The person in charge of a building must ensure that an asbestos risk assessment is conducted to prevent asbestos exposure to workers or residents. By going through this process, workers can feel safe and do not have to worry about becoming seriously ill.
Asbestos risk assessments should always be undertaken by asbestos professionals who are aware of the hazards of asbestos. These are aware of theControl of Asbestos regulations 2012 and what precautions are needed to keep the workplace safe. Additionally, they have been trained to use suitable risk prevention methods.
The Various Steps of Asbestos Assessment
Step 1 – Detect Risks
The most essential element of any asbestos assessment is detecting the potential risks to people’s health. This consists of detecting a range of risk factors such as manual handling, working at height, and using hazardous substances or abrasive wheels, all of which can be fatal to an individual.
Therefore, an asbestos specialist must visit the workplace and identify the risks, while reviewing records for the building and speaking to employees. Plus, gathering information about any previous asbestos surveys.
Step 2 – Pinpoint Who Is Most at Risk
The asbestos expert then needs to pinpoint who is most likely to be exposed to asbestos. This stage of the asbestos risk assessment includes identifying the expected level of asbestos exposure in each section of the property.
Step 3 – Come Up With Prevention Strategies
Next in the asbestos assessment, the trained professional will be in charge of selecting controls that help to remove the risks or reduce the risks to a low level. Some prevention strategies may include installing local ventilation, protective clothing and equipment, controlled wetting of specific areas and enclosing areas of the premises.
Step 4 – Maintain A Record of the Assessment
A reliable asbestos company will make sure that each phase of the risk assessment is recorded, electronically on a computer or manually written. This includes listing the control measures to help decrease the risks as well as noting down all identified hazards.
Step 5 – Check and Review the Asbestos Risk Assessment
Lastly, the risk assessment must be always kept up to date. If something changes in the property, the asbestos specialist must make sure that the risk assessment is reviewed and updated where appropriate.