Asbestos Management Planning FAQs

Asbestos management is an important activity for all commercial property owners/managers. In a large number of states, the law requires commercial property managers to have and maintain an asbestos management plan and an asbestos register that are both updated on an annual basis.  

The question and answer session below provides a brief introduction to asbestos management planning for the benefit of commercial property owners and/or managers.

What Is The Difference Between An Asbestos Management Plan And An Asbestos Register?

Asbestos management registers are often confused with asbestos management plans. The two are separate documents used side by side. The asbestos management plan is an elaborate document that explains strategies that the property owner intends to adopt (or has adopted) in the handling of asbestos-containing materials within the building. Updating of asbestos management plans is done so as to keep up with the changing structural condition of the commercial building and for compliance with the ever-changing local building codes.

On the other hand, an asbestos register is a less elaborate document that contains details of presumed (or already identified) asbestos containing materials in the building. The asbestos register contains details such as the location of asbestos-containing materials, the type of asbestos present in the material, and the condition of the material. Asbestos registers are updated to allow for easy monitoring of all potential sources of asbestos within the premises.

What Information Should An Asbestos Management Plan Contain?

Among the most important bits of information that should not be missing in an asbestos management plan is the testing method(s) that the property owner intends to employ for the positive identification of asbestos in various building structures. If this responsibility is delegated to a third party laboratory, details of the laboratory should be given.

The plan should also outline safety measures put in place to protect individuals that will be handling asbestos-containing materials and occupants of the commercial building from the risk of exposure to asbestos.

Lastly, an asbestos management plan should explain how property owners intend to dispose asbestos-containing materials coming from their property.

Who Should Draft An Asbestos Management Plan?

Asbestos management is not a primary business activity for a large number of commercial entities. As such, owners/managers of commercial property are advised to have their asbestos waste management plans drafted by a qualified asbestos specialist such as an asbestos removal contractor or an asbestos management planner; contact a professional in your area today.


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