Identifying everything containing asbestos in premises is crucial for helping to meet occupational health obligations. Companies are legally obliged to make an inventory of all asbestos-containing material in their workplace. This includes any common areas, working areas, and their protective equipment.
In Europe, European Directive 83/477/EEC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to asbestos at work covers this. In Belgium, this is enacted by the Royal Decree of 16 March 2006 (see KB 16/03/2006: “Royal Decree on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to asbestos”).
If asbestos is detected, a management plan should be drawn up. This plan could include, for example, labelling, removing or encapsulating the material, along with regular monitoring of its condition and of the measures taken. This obligation does not, however, apply to those parts of buildings, machinery and equipment that are difficult to reach and where there is no risk of exposure to asbestos during normal use.
During renovation or demolition work, it is necessary for all asbestos-containing materials to be identified beforehand, as these materials can have a major impact on the implementation and cost of the work. In Flanders, this inventory can be integrated into the demolition waste inventory.
RSK specialists have years of experience in recognising and managing asbestos-containing materials and can help you with the management and disposal of all such materials.