An Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Program is assembled and maintained primarily for owners and managers of commercial buildings including office buildings, shopping centers, apartment and condominium buildings, hospitals and similar facilities that may contain asbestos-containing materials. The program plan provides key guidance to building owners, managers, workers, contractors and employees information on how to safely manage asbestos and asbestos containing materials within a building.

RHP’s experienced team of asbestos professionals facilitate the development and maintenance of your O&M Program plan including elements such as:

Training – RHP develops training programs that cover the OSHA’s requirements including Awareness Training for maintenance and custodial staff who may clean around or inadvertently disturb asbestos containing materials (ACMs) and Special O&M Training for maintenance and custodial staff who are tasked with making small, approved repairs to known ACMs. The training we provide includes asbestos 101: recognition of ACMs within the building, asbestos regulations, proper asbestos work practices, personal protective equipment (PPE) including respirator use, health effects, and tasks when handling ACMs.

Occupant Notification – Communication between building owners, managers, maintenance, employees, occupants, and contractors onsite is critical within a building containing materials such as ACM that may pose a hazard. All parties should know and understand the physical location and condition of all ACMs within the building. Communication should be ongoing to confirm knowledge transfer to new managers, employees, contractors and/or tenants. RHP can provide resources and facilitate communication between building personnel, occupants and tenants.

Monitoring ACM – RHP, building personnel or engineers should conduct visual re-inspections of ACMs present in the building at designated intervals to verify the materials have been maintained in acceptable condition. Although this practice is not required in non-school buildings it is good practice in buildings with suspected or confirmed ACMs. Air monitoring may be desired on a routine basis for workers or contractors who have concerns of exposure to airborne asbestos fiber concentrations. RHP conducts routine visual and air monitoring assessments for a variety of buildings and facilities.

Job Site Controls for Work Involving ACM  Monitoring of work that may disturb ACMs within a building should be controlled using a permit or authorization system and maintained within the O&M Program. Maintenance of this established system within a building may be most efficiently completed inhouse, however RHP can assist in system development or auditing of the system.

Safe Work Practices  Work safe practices should be established within the O&M Program for custodial, maintenance and construction staff within the building. Components of this element of a program include special O&M work practices, basic O&M procedures, worker PPE, special O&M cleaning techniques and procedures for asbestos fiber release episodes. RHP is experienced and well versed in guiding staff, management and owners in determining the procedures to implement and/or emphasize considering the type of building or facility.

Recordkeeping  All asbestos-related documents for a building or facility should be stored securely and made available to all building management, tenants, employees, workers, and contractors when applicable. OSHA has various requirements relating to recordkeeping that are important to be understood and followed. RHP provides guidance on recordkeeping as a component of an O&M Program.

Worker Protection  This broad element of the O&M Program relates primarily to PPE and understanding the importance of the program and its contents. RHP provides guidance on PPE needs, requirements, and can perform employee, contractor, or management training and fit testing. Effective O&M program should address all types of ACM present in a building.

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