Asbestos management plans

Prior to any work being done on buildings pre year 2000 the first thing that must be done is an asbestos management plan, this plan should set out the following:

  • Who is responsible for managing asbestos,
  • The asbestos register you have made,
  • Plans for the works on asbestos materials,
  • A schedule which monitors the condition and the types of asbestos and information to duty holders of any decisions/plans made.

This plan must say who is responsible and be regularly updated whenever works which would affect asbestos materials is to be done.  A template is available for you to use, please contact us for a copy.


Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000, and can cause around 5000 deaths every year.

When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air.

If these fibres are then inhaled they can cause serious diseases such as mesothelioma or asbestosis.

So what do you need to do?

You have a duty to take reasonable steps to find out if asbestos materials are present in your building.

Presume asbestos is there unless there is strong evidence against. Keep up to date records of the location and condition. Assess the risk of anyone being exposed. Make a plan to manage it and provide the information to others.

Remember if you suspect asbestos is present, stop immediately and seek further guidance.