Asbestos Services Excel Building Inspections Provide -
ASBESTOS REGISTER -
The asbestos register is a document that lists all identified – or assumed – asbestos in a workplace. The person with management or control of a workplace must ensure an asbestos register is prepared and kept at the workplace.
An asbestos register is not required for a workplace if:
the workplace was a building that was constructed after 31 December 2003, and
no asbestos has been identified in the workplace, and
no asbestos is likely to be present at the workplace from time to time.
The asbestos register will:
record any asbestos that has been identified or is assumed to be present at the workplace
record the date when the asbestos was identified
record the location, type and condition of the asbestos
be maintained to ensure up-to-date information
state if no asbestos has been identified
be given to the employer or business (or other PCBU), when there is a change of management or controller of the workplace.
Asbestos must be labelled, where possible. For example a label can be placed in the electrical meter box indicating that the building contains asbestos and the location of the register.
Photographs or drawings are useful for showing the location of asbestos in the workplace.
ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT PLANS -
A person who has management or control of the workplace must ensure that a written plan (an asbestos management plan) is prepared if asbestos has been identified.
The asbestos management plan will:
identify the location of asbestos and any naturally occurring asbestos
include decisions, and reasons for decisions, about the management of asbestos at the workplace for example safe work procedures and control measures
outline procedures for incidents and emergencies involving asbestos, including who is responsible
be maintained with up-to-date information
be reviewed at least every five years or when requested by a health and safety representative (HSR) or when asbestos is removed, disturbed, sealed or enclosed, or when changes to a control measure are made or when the plan is no longer adequate
be accessible to any worker or the PCBU who has carried out or intends to carry out work at the workplace and any health and safety representatives who represent workers at the workplace
provide information, consultation and training responsibilities to workers carrying out work involving asbestos.
Other information that will be included in the asbestos management plan:
an outline of how asbestos risks will be controlled, including consideration of appropriate control measures.
a timetable for managing risks of exposure, including dates and procedures for the review of the asbestos management plan and activities that could affect the timing of a review.
persons with responsibilities and their responsibility under the asbestos management plan.
air monitoring procedures at the workplace, if required.
ASBESTOS SURVEY INSPECTIONS -
A Presumptive Asbestos Inspection also known as location and assessment asbestos inspections. This type of inspection is a preliminary survey through a building to identify materials within a building that are suspected of containing asbestos. The process involves an asbestos consulting walking through the property to make a list of the elements within a building or a house that are suspected of being Asbestos Containing Material (ACM).
At this point the Asbestos Containing Material or ACM is presumed as containing asbestos. A list of all the ACM is identified within the house or building is then compiled into an asbestos register. The asbestos register outlines the location of the building elements within the house or property and includes a risk assessment of the material.
The risk assessment is based on the type, friability (bonded or friable), surface treatment and condition of the asbestos, the occupant activity including location, frequency and duration as well as potential maintenance of the suspected asbestos material.
While the material may be suspected of containing ACM within a Type 1 Presumptive asbestos inspection, it must be reinforced that that it has not been confirmed that the material contains asbestos. The type 1 asbestos inspection is a precautionary measure just in case the material is ACM. Only by taking samples and testing using polarised light microscopy can determine the presence and type of asbestos. Thus all materials suspected as containing asbestos is treated as such. Asbestos ID Inspections FROM $295.00
ASBESTOS CLEARANCE INSPECTIONS -
Have you had Asbestos Removed? Then you need an Asbestos Clearance Certificate.
In many states such as NSW, Workplace Health & Safety Regulations require an Asbestos Clearance Certificate when asbestos is removed. Whether it is a workplace or someone’s house, it the amount of asbestos removed is 10 square meters or more, then it likely that a certificate is required, depending on the state regulations.
The purpose of the Asbestos Clearance Certificate is to ensure that all visible asbestos fragments posing a significant health risk have been removed, this also includes the transit routes to and from the removal area. A visual inspection is one method to verify that the asbestos has been removed from the area. Other verification methods in settled dust sampling and asbestos air testing.
An Excel consultant will walk through the area and check for fragments and the like and ensure that pieces of asbestos such as walls and eaves have been removed successfully.
People may not enter the area where the asbestos removal took place until an Asbestos Clearance Certificate has been issued. During this time, any restrictions and barricades should remain in place until the final clearance certificate is issued. Asbestos Clearances FROM $165.00
ASBESTOS AIR MONITORING -
Air monitoring involves sampling airborne asbestos fibres to assist in assessing exposure to asbestos and the effectiveness of implemented control measures. It must be conducted in accordance with the Guidance Note on the Membrane Filter Method for Estimating Airborne Asbestos Dust, 2nd Edition [NOHSC: 3003 (2005)].
Air monitoring requirements will vary depending on the type of asbestos being removed, the location and position of the asbestos, if an enclosure is used and whether the asbestos removal work is within a building or outside.
Friable asbestos removal – Air monitoring is mandatory for all friable asbestos removal. This includes prior to dismantling an enclosure and for the purposes of the clearance inspection.
More than 10 m2 of non-friable asbestos removal – Air monitoring is not required but may be considered to be carried out by an independent licensed asbestos assessor or competent person to ensure compliance with the duty to eliminate or minimise exposure to airborne asbestos and to ensure the exposure standard is not exceeded.
Public Location – Air monitoring should be considered where the asbestos removal work is being undertaken in or next to a public location.
Exposure air monitoring – Air monitoring should be carried out at other times to determine a worker’s exposure to airborne asbestos if, based on reasonable grounds, there is uncertainty as to whether the exposure standard may be exceeded and a risk assessment by a competent person indicates it is necessary. Since most uses of asbestos are prohibited, exposure monitoring should not be required frequently.
it is not clear whether new or existing control measures are effective
there is evidence (for example, dust deposits are outside the enclosure) the control measures have deteriorated as a result of poor maintenance
modifications or changes in safe work methods have occurred that may adversely affect worker exposure
there has been an uncontrolled disturbance of asbestos at the workplace. Asbestos Air Monitoring from $440.00
Excel can also provide Asbestos Testing Services performed by a NATA accredited Laboratory from $55.00 per sample for up to 5 business day turnaround and $88.00 for 1-2 business day turnaround.