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What Is An Asbestos Management Plan?

What Is An Asbestos Management Plan?

When public buildings such as offices, stores, warehouses, and other non-residential buildings are discovered to have asbestos or asbestos-containing materials, an asbestos assessment must be completed and an asbestos management plan must be written. Although asbestos doesn’t need to be fully removed in every circumstance, it does need to be addressed in accordance with the Alberta requirements for asbestos management. A part of proper asbestos management is the creation of a thoroughly written document with all information regarding the asbestos and how it will be, and has been, handled. If your public building has asbestos, here’s what an asbestos management plan should include.

What To Know About An Asbestos Management Plan

An asbestos management plan is a required document that outlines everything that needs to be known about the asbestos in a building and what actions will be taken to safely remove or contain it. The asbestos management plan will remain on site to be available for building systems technicians, building operator maintainers, and service providers. Information in an asbestos management plan includes:

  • The location of the asbestos within the building.
  • Any action taken to remove or repair the asbestos-containing material.
  • A list of names and addresses of any related public buildings, if they contain asbestos, and what types of asbestos they contain.
  • The date of any asbestos inspections.
  • The plan for re-inspection and maintenance.
  • A description of steps taken to inform all relevant parties (including building staff, members of the public who may use the building, and the guardians of these members of the public).
  • An analysis of the building material.
  • The name of the lab that conducts the asbestos testing.
  • A blueprint of the building that identifies the location and condition of all asbestos and asbestos-containing materials in the building.
  • A description of the response action and preventive measures taken to eliminate or control asbestos exposure.
  • The name, address, and telephone number of the person designated to ensure that local guidelines are followed.

An asbestos management plan is more than just a document; actions will be taken to ensure that asbestos is, and continues to be, contained. Each asbestos management plan will enact the best practices for asbestos management to ensure the ongoing safety of its occupants.

If asbestos has been identified in your public building, owners and/or management need to ensure an asbestos management plan is in place. Landlords who rent their public space are responsible for complying with their lease obligations, which includes the reporting of any workplace-safety hazards such as the discovery of asbestos.

Professional Asbestos Abatement

Any building that requires an asbestos management plan needs to have asbestos abatement performed by professionals. At 24/7 Restoration, our asbestos abatement team adheres to the strict regulations and requirements laid out by the government of Canada and the province of Alberta. We use first-rate equipment to inspect the building before, during, and after asbestos abatement. Our asbestos testing is performed by a third party to ensure that we unbiased and quality asbestos abatement and adhere to all government policies. For professional and thorough asbestos abatement of your public building or of your privately owned property, contact 24/7 Restoration at 1-403-247-4365 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: Where might I find asbestos in my workplace?
A: If your work building was constructed before 1990, it is possible that it contains asbestos. Some common places to find asbestos or asbestos-containing materials include:

  • Insulation in walls and around water pipes
  • Roofing shingles or siding
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Plaster
  • Roofing compounds including tar paper, spackling, sealants, paint, putty, caulking, or drywall

Read Common Sources Of Asbestos In The Workplace for more information.

Q: How do I know if I have asbestos in my building?
A: Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell as asbestos can be mixed with other materials. To know for sure, you need professional, certified asbestos testing.

Q: How is asbestos disposed of?
A: The asbestos abatement specialists at 24/7 Restoration will place all asbestos-containing materials into sealed bags and transport them to an approved landfill to be buried. Asbestos is carefully handled so that everything is contained and no particles can become airborne. Once disposed of, it is left undisturbed so that it is no longer dangerous.

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