Asbestos inspections are conducted to determine the presence or absence of asbestos, its condition and extent. This is typically undertaken by taking a sample of the suspected item and/or associated material, which is then analysed for the presence of asbestos.
Based on the findings of the asbestos inspection, the subject area will be declared as either safe or unsafe with regards to the asbestos hazard and recommended control measures will then be made to assist with the future management of the material. For example, if friable asbestos is found and the area is deemed to be unsafe, a typical recommendation is that access be restricted, the asbestos material be removed ASAP and that an asbestos management plan be developed for the interim.
If less than 10 square metres of bonded asbestos is detected, homeowners and members of the public are able to conduct the removal of the asbestos themselves without obtaining a certificate. However, due to the associated health and safety dangers, it is strongly advised that a licensed contractor still complete the work.
Asbestos clearance inspections are conducted following the removal or remediation of asbestos materials. Once the works have been completed, an occupational hygienist will visually inspect the area and/or material in order to provide an asbestos clearance report for the works. In some cases, additional clearance sampling for residual dust/soil are required following the removal works for validation purposes.
What is the Asbestos hazard?
Asbestos must be treated with extreme caution at all times as when disturbed, fine asbestos fibres can become airborne. When airborne the fibres can be inhaled and cause lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. These diseases can eventuate up to 25 to 40 years after an individual is initially exposed and can prove to be fatal. Given the health risks associated with asbestos, it is essential that paramount care is given to safety concerns. Consequently, appropriate personal protective equipment must be utilised.
ADE’s Asbestos Inspections and Asbestos Clearances comply with the following acts and codes of practices:
- Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.
- 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.
- NSW Code of Practice: How to Safely Remove Asbestos.
A.D. Envirotech Australia routinely conducts asbestos material inspections and clearances. Upon the completion of the inspection, our consultant will complete an inspection report. Typically, this report will identify the following items: whether the asbestos is bonded (the material is solid, quite rigid and the asbestos fibres are tightly bound to the sheeting to which they are attached) or friable (in the form of a powder or can be easily crumbled, pulverised or reduced to a powder by hand pressure when dry), the location of the asbestos and whether the condition of the asbestos is good (material shows no, or very minor, sign of damage and/or deterioration), fair (material shows signs of minor damage and/or deterioration) or poor (material shows sign of significant damage and/or deterioration or the material is wholly or partly unserviceable for its intended use).
If asbestos is identified, ADE can then organise the removal of the asbestos to be subcontracted out to a licensed Class A Asbestos Removalist. Whilst removal is being undertaken, an ADE occupational hygienist will oversee and/or supervise the removal process to ensure that it is undertaken safely and complies with all relevant legislation. Once satisfactorily completed, ADE staff will issue a clearance certificate stating that the asbestos has been removed to a satisfactory standard, the subject area is safe with regard to the asbestos hazard and any other relevant recommendations.
In special cases, ADE can provide Same Day Turnaround time on Asbestos Inspections and Asbestos Clearances, if required.
A.D. Envirotech is a recognised leader in asbestos testing, air monitoring, identification, management and removal and has its own NATA-accredited laboratory for:
- Membrane Filter Method for Estimating airborne Asbestos
- Qualitative Identification of Asbestos, SMF and Organic bulk samples
For more information regarding ADE’s laboratory capabilities, refer to the link below: