In many cases it is neither safe, economical or reasonably practicable to completely remove asbestos containing materials (ACM). Asbestos in good condition can be managed safely and there are a number of tried and tested methods of containing or encapsulating the ACM.

The first stage in establishing an effective Asbestos Management Plan is to have the building or facility surveyed by a suitably qualified asbestos inspector. The initial survey will pinpoint those materials and locations which are likely to contain asbestos. The condition of the material and its vulnerability to damage will also be noted.

A series of material samples will be taken and sent to an approved laboratory for analysis to establish the presence of asbestos, the asbestos type and percentage of asbestos content in the material. The Management Plan will be based on the findings of the survey and material sampling results and a site-specific Asbestos Register compiled.

ACM should be removed in locations where the ACM is damaged, causing asbestos fibres to be released into the air. ACM should only be removed by licensed Asbestos Contractors. The removed materials must be disposed of as asbestos waste and as per all local asbestos disposal standards and regulations.

The EPSCO Group are specialists in all aspects of asbestos repair, removal, management and training and have staff trained to US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards.

EPSCO Group offers a world-wide range of Asbestos Consultancy and Management services, including routine air-testing and maintenance of Asbestos Registers for industrial and commercial facilities, ships and rigs.