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Asbestos and Hazardous material surveys

The Work, Health and Safety Regulations 2011, states that any renovation or demolition work in a workplace built before December 31, 2003 now requires an Asbestos / Hazardous Materials Audit / Survey / hazardous materials inspection”, this includes residential unit buildings (WHS act 2011 chapter 8).

Hazardous Material Survey

EnviroX’s hazardous material surveys looks at contaminates including:

  • Asbestos
  • Lead in paint and dust
  • Synthetic mineral fibres
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl’s

Following the Hazardous Material Survey, all the collected samples will be submitted to a NATA accredited laboratory. Once the results have been received, a report will be created. This comprehensive report will include a list of all the positive and negative sample locations and a register of the building (able to be sent in excel form making it easily updatable). The register includes the location, size and current condition / state of all hazardous materials which are present within the site as well as future recommendations including when future re-inspections should occur. This report is a fully detailed report on the hazardous building materials within the building/s.

Relevant legislation

  • Work Health And Safety Regulation 2017.
  • Work Health And Safety Act 2011.
  • AS2601 (2001) The Demolition of Structures.
  • NSW Code of Practice: How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace (2016).
  • NSW Code of Practice: How to Safely Remove Asbestos (2016).
  • Code of Practice for Synthetic Mineral Fibres [NOHSC:2006(1990)].
  • AS4361.1 (1995) Guide to Lead Paint Management. Part 1: Industrial Applications.
  • AS4361.2 (1998) Guide to Lead Paint Management. Part 2: Residential and Commercial Buildings.
  • ANZECC (1997) Identification of PCB-containing Capacitors: An Information Booklet for Electricians and Electrical Contractors.

Asbestos Material Survey / Asbestos audit

Over the past few years there has been an increase in public awareness and concern in relation to asbestos materials which has shown the need for businesses to be on top of their Occupational Health, Safety & Welfare requirements. All owners of buildings built prior to 31 December 2003 must have an asbestos register to ensure that all buildings comply with regulations and legislations and are not potentially exposing employees to asbestos.

Prior to any demolition or refurbishment work being undertaken, an asbestos survey (asbestos register) is required (as per the WHS act 2011). The asbestos register must be reviewed to ensure that all asbestos that is likely to be disturbed is identified and removed so far as is reasonably practicable.

Similar to the Hazardous Materials Survey, all asbestos samples will be submitted to a NATA accredited laboratory. Once the results have been received from the NATA accredited laboratory a report will be created, this report will include a register (able to be sent in excel form for future updates). The asbestos register will include all known asbestos materials, their approximate sizes and their current conditions which are present within the site as well as any future recommendations. This report is a fully detailed report on the asbestos materials within the building/s.

EnviroX prides itself on providing detailed asbestos material surveys and registers. EnviroX’s licensed asbestos assessors have years of experience in creating detailed asbestos registers and asbestos material surveys ensuring that they are accepted, recognised and easily understandable by all authorities and clients.

Who requires asbestos registers?

You may be legally required to create an asbestos register if you are a:

  • Premises owner or occupier
  • Landlord
  • Employer
  • Manager
  • Other representative with responsibility for workplace repairs or alterations

An asbestos register will not be required if you meet the following requirements:

  • The building has had an asbestos survey conducted on the premises and no asbestos was identified, or
  • The building was constructed after 31 December 2003 (as no asbestos was legally allowed to be installed following this date)

If any asbestos has been identified at your workplace, you are required to have an asbestos register and management plan in place. This should be updated as necessary to reflect any removal works or make safes that have occurred throughout the workplace and should be easily accessible to any contractors.

Asbestos registers include:

  • Location of asbestos
  • Type of asbestos
  • Classification of asbestos (Bonded or Friable)
  • Condition of asbestos material
  • Recommendations on management and removal of asbestos

Relevant asbestos register legislation:

  • Work Health And Safety Regulation 2017.
  • Work Health And Safety Act 2011.
  • AS2601 (2001) The Demolition of Structures.
  • NSW Code of Practice: How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace (2016).
  • NSW Code of Practice: How to Safely Remove Asbestos (2016).
  • Code of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos 2nd Edition.

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