A recent Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency report states that health care expenses and losses in work productivity due to asbestos-related diseases cost Australia half a billion dollars in 2015. Exposure to asbestos fibres can lead to pleural disease, asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Workers most at risk of exposure to asbestos fibres include technical and trade workers, labourers and machine operators.
Asbestos was mined and used by various industries, globally. It was considered a useful mineral in commerce and industry because of its durability, flexibility, heat and electricity resistant properties and low cost. It was considered an ideal material for construction. However, due to the discovery of the health risks of asbestos, its use was reduced and is now banned in 61 countries.
Structures built before 1990 are likely to have some asbestos-containing materials (ACM). If you are aware or suspect that your property contains asbestos, the best course of action is to seek professional help in auditing, removing and managing the material.
If you require professional help to manage or remove asbestos, consider the following guidelines when looking for a qualified contractor:
Credentials – Licenses and Certificates
The contractor must hold an asbestos removal license issued under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulation 2011 by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency; the licenses are valid for five years.
There are two types of asbestos removal licenses, depending on the certificates issued. The first is the class A asbestos removal license. This type of license is for businesses removing friable asbestos, which are materials that contain asbestos in powder form. Class A license holders operate under the supervision of a nominated supervisor and must have earned ‘CPCCDE3015A Remove friable asbestos’ and ‘CPCCBC4051A Supervise asbestos removal’ certification. They are also authorised to carry out class B asbestos removal work.
The second is the class B asbestos removal license for non-friable (bonded) asbestos. Class B license holders are authorised to remove more than ten square metres of non-friable asbestos and asbestos-contaminated debris. They are required to have earned ‘CPCCDE3014A Remove non-friable asbestos’ or ‘CPCCDE3015A Remove friable asbestos’ certification. A supervisor is also required for a class B license holder to operate. Class B license holders are not authorised to conduct class A asbestos removal work because they do not have ‘CPCCBC4051A Supervise Asbestos Removal’ certification.
The licensing process ensures that any contractor is fully qualified to perform high-quality services that meet government safety standards.
The removal of asbestos is a legal requirement before a property can be used for commercial or residential purposes. Qualified businesses provide a complete asbestos survey and tests, a management plan and removal. The right asbestos management and removal company provides a high-quality solution and is transparent throughout the process.
Work Ethics and Quality Customer Service
Asbestos exposure is a serious problem in Australia, especially for its work force. A licensed asbestos removal business should have both the expertise and experience to provide the right solutions for each situation.
The team at EOSH Consulting are leading experts in asbestos removal and management. They are experienced in occupational health, safety, environmental and hygiene services across all business sectors.
Manage your asbestos-related concerns and contact eoshconsulting.com today.