Asbestos has historically been used in residential and commercial building products from the 1930s until the mid-1980s. It is commonly present within asbestos cement, and ‘Super Six’, sheet which was used to clad and roof buildings, both internally and externally. Other uses for asbestos maybe within vinyl tiles, switchboards and fire doors. This historical use has left us with a legacy that requires careful management in order to deal with this hazardous substance. At AGS, we can provide solutions to the required legislative obligations surrounding the management of asbestos containing materials present throughout historical building products.
Division 5 Hazardous Materials Audits
A Division 5 Hazardous Materials Audit (commonly referred to as ‘Hazmat’) is required in accordance with Part 4.3 (Division 5) of the Victorian OHS Regulations (2007), which identifies the presence of asbestos within a workplace, whether it be fixed or installed in a building, structure, ship or plant. A Division 5 Hazardous Materials Audit will produce an asbestos register, identifying the type and location of asbestos containing products within the workplace. The asbestos register must be kept current during the life of the site, and be updated every time there is a change in the condition, removal, enclosure and/or sealing of asbestos. The asbestos register must be revised at least every 5 years.
Division 6 Hazardous Materials Audits
A Division 6 Hazardous Materials Audit (commonly referred to as ‘Hazmat’) is required in accordance with Part 4.3 (Division 6) of the Victorian OHS Regulations (2007), which identifies the presence of asbestos prior to demolition or refurbishment of a building, structure, ship or plant where asbestos is fixed or installed. The purpose of the Division 6 Hazardous Materials Audit is to identify the location of all asbestos containing products, prior to the demolition or refurbishment works of a site, to ensure that there are no potential health and safety impacts to the demolition/construction workers at the site.
AGS can provide asbestos identification works should a material suspected of containing asbestos be encountered during construction works, or should it be required prior to any local or detailed works, such as eave sheets of a residential property where electricians require access.
Hygienist Services – Asbestos Debris in Soils
AGS can provide hygienist supervision during an asbestos removal, typically the remediation of soils containing asbestos debris. The purpose of the supervision is to ensure, that as far as reasonably practicable, all asbestos has been removed from within the soil, and a subsequent visual clearance can be issued. The AGS hygienist will provide advice, guidance and recommendations, before, during and following the asbestos removal.
Asbestos Management Plans (AMP)
AGS can prepare asbestos management plans (AMPs) for a site containing asbestos, whether it be fixed or installed to a building, structure, ship or plant, or whether a site is contaminated with asbestos debris, such as on the soil surface or within the site filling. Asbestos Management Plans identify the roles and responsibilities of the appropriate parties involved at the site, legislative requirements, personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, licensed asbestos removalist (LAR) requirements and hygienist requirements.
Para-occupational Air Monitoring
Para-occupational air monitoring is typically conducted during asbestos removal works in sensitive areas. It is a requirement in accordance with Victorian OH&S Regulations (2007) that it is undertaken during friable, or class ‘A’ asbestos removal works, however it is often strongly recommended that it is undertaken during non-friable, or class ‘B’ asbestos removal works also. The purpose of air monitoring is to ensure that residual airborne asbestos fibres are not present outside of asbestos removal areas during an asbestos removal. It provides a level of comfort to other workers on-site not involved in the asbestos removal, as well as to surrounding properties, and the general public.
A visual asbestos clearance is issued upon the successful completion of an asbestos removal and clean-up. The visual asbestos clearance is undertaken in accordance with Victorian OH&S Regulations (2007), which must be issued prior to the reoccupation of the site/area by general trades, contractors, workers, public etc upon the completion of the asbestos removal.