Asbestos-containing Materials (ACMs) in Workplaces - Practical Guidelines on ACM Management and Abatement

Type of item
MS information
Country
Ireland
Year of publication
2013

English

Description

The aim of these guidelines is to provide a broad spectrum of guidance aimed at the prevention of occupational illness from exposure to respirable asbestos fibres. These guidelines provide practical advice to employers and those in control of workplaces on the necessary precautions to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres or, where this is not reasonably practicable, to reduce exposure to asbestis fibres.
These Guidelines are relevant to a wide range of people/dutyholders, including: Employers, including landlords, in charge of a place of work, Clients, as defined under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013, procuring work in relation to asbestos, Designers, including architects and engineers, Project supervisors, including the Project Supervisor for Design Process and (PSPD) and Project Supervisor for Construction Stage (PSCS), Asbestos surveyors, analysts and consultants, Asbestos removal contractors and their  employees, Construction and demolition contractors, Allied tradespeople, e.g. plumbers, electricians, mechanics, telecommunications engineers etc., Maintenance operatives, Hazardous waste contractors, Those who engage in asbestos removal in domestic dwellings, and Any other person who could be exposed to asbestos fibres.
Each category of population mentioned above may be exposed to asbestos fibres in the course of their work, or may require others to undertake work where there is a risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.

Other data

Tasks covered
Construction
Installing or Removing Insulation
Biological hazard
Not applicable
Hazard - physical state
Fibres
Hazard - health effects
Carcinogens
Exposure route
Inhalation
Substance Description

Asbestos actinolite, asbestos grunerite (amosite), asbestos anthophyllite, chrysotile, crocidolite, asbestos tremolite

CAS Number
77536-66-4
12172-73-5
77536-67-5
12001-29-5
12001-28-4
77 536-68-6
EC number
616-471-6
601-801-3
616-472-1
601-650-3
601-649-8
Prevention measures
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 2. Reducing / minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Purpose of the material
Awareness raising
Guidance
Target group
Employers
Managers
Safety officers