The National Organisation of Asbestos Consultants (NORAC), of which we are a member, has issued new technical guidance across three areas of asbestos work: The Asbestos Register, re-inspection and the associated survey and report, and survey reports generally.
The guidance covers:
- The Asbestos Register – an often overlooked aspect of professional asbestos management. Updating it is an important task in addition to individual survey reports. The register provides a unique live resource for Duty Holders to keep track of their range of responsibilities, and their current or recent status.
- Re-inspection surveys and accompanying reports. This guidance covers the frequency of re-inspection, and how to justify these decisions. It also covers how to ensure compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR2012), and the HSE guidelines, and how to structure the report so that the right details are in the right place. This consistency will benefit all in the industry, and their clients.
- Survey and reports in general. This guidance includes templates (they call them ‘model reports), and it describes the kinds of information that they see as commonly missing from reports. Closing these gaps will not only bring improved standing to our industry, but better assurance, and ultimately, improved safety for clients.
In our forthcoming blogs we will be taking a look at each of these guidance documents in turn. We will provide our thoughts on what they mean for the industry, and how they can be a source of reassurance for clients.