These asbestos guidance notes have been created to assist anyone who may disturb asbestos containing materials (ACMs) when working on our infrastructure. It will also assist responsible managers and those who control site safety and access, by showing where ACMs are likely to be. The guides follow the below naming convention:
AGN (asset guidance note) – Asset Discipline (3 letters) – Risk Level (H for high or M for medium) – Asset Name
Details on potential risk
Safety, Technical and Engineering (STE) has completed an assessment of all our assets and the guides have been created for medium and high risk assets. Lots of information was used to complete the assessments, including (but not limited to); previous survey information, location, asbestos type and accessibility.
This guide highlights the most significant risks, but there may be others
The guides provide a list of locations where ACMs might exist, but there may be others. You should always assume that an asset will contain asbestos unless it has been inspected/surveyed and recorded on Network Rail’s Asbestos Risk Management System, ARMS – https://arms.networkrail.co.uk/ – The guides must not be used in place of an asbestos survey.
Asset Information and Maintenance
The guides provide some information on what asbestos materials may be associated with an asset and information on the use of the asset. Common maintenance tasks and frequencies have also been detailed within the guides.
Work with asbestos
Within the guides there is information on the types of work with asbestos and what is required, who can undertake the works and what is required to undertake the works safely.
The guides contain references to documents that can provide more detailed information on all matters related to asbestos.