Asbestos

Asbestos

Asbestos is a material which was widely used in Australia between the 1940’s and late 1980’s. Asbestos has more than 3000 applications worldwide and was extensively used due to its versatility, fire resistance and insulation properties.

Australia used asbestos extensively, leading to an estimated one third of all houses built during this time containing asbestos products.

There are three main types of asbestos;

  • Chrysotile (White)
  • Crocidolite (Blue)
  • Amosite (Brown)

The use of all forms of asbestos were only banned at the end of 2003, and as such the National Safe Work Australia Code of Practice, How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace, December 2011 states that “an asbestos register is not required if a workplace has been constructed after 31 December 2003 or if no asbestos has been identified.”.

The risk of asbestos is determined by whether the product is friable or non-friable asbestos. Friable asbestos is characterised as being easily pulverised and has a heightened potential to become airborne when disturbed. Non-friable asbestos fibres are bonded to a substrate and are not as easily disturbed.

Exposure to asbestos has deadly health affects associated with it. Asbestos is a known carcinogen; inhalation of the asbestos fibres can cause;

  • Asbestosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mesothelioma

The only way to determine whether a product contains asbestos, is to have a sample tested by a NATA accredited laboratory. Visual inspection is not sufficient in determining whether a product contains asbestos.

Our Asbestos Services

Our auditors have over 25 years-experience in Asbestos Management Consultation Services. Our services include;

Asbestos Audits

The Person with Control of the workplace has a duty of care to identify and document any asbestos on the premises. An Asbestos Audit provides a Register of all asbestos-containing materials present at the workplace. The report also provides recommendations in regards to eliminating or minimising the risk of asbestos.

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Asbestos Air Monitoring

Air Monitoring is carried out to determine that the level of airborne asbestos fibres is less than the exposure standard. The airborne asbestos fibres need to be below the exposure standard, before the area can be reoccupied.

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Visual Asbestos Clearance Certificates

A Visual Asbestos Clearance Certificate verifies that all visible asbestos has been removed from an area. The certificate also verifies that it is safe for workers to re-occupy the area. The issuer of the certificate must be a Licensed Asbestos Assessor, independent to the client and from the Licensed Asbestos Removalist.

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Asbestos in Soil

Asbestos may be found in soil due to inappropriate disposal and/or demolition of a building; or from contaminated soil being used as landfill. Safety Systems can provide specialist advice on remediation and the management of asbestos contamination. We can also provide Safe Work Method Statements for remedial work, Asbestos Air Monitoring & Site Supervision.

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Asbestos Management Plan

Safety Systems can develop an Asbestos Management Plan in consultation with your business. To meet the Code of Practice or the Management and Control of Asbestos in Workplaces [NOHSC:2018 (2005)], The Person with Control must implement an Asbestos Management Plan. Safety Systems can provide you with the consultation services to allow you to meet this obligation.

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Asbestos Data Management

The data associated with your Asbestos Management Plan needs to be readily accessible by workers, contractors, and other users of the workplace. To allow you to meet this obligation Safety Systems provides Asbestos Data Management Systems, suitable for all business’. > More info