The presence of asbestos in buildings can lead to subsequent exposure of residents or workers in the facility, putting them in danger of asbestos-related hazards. Asbestos was a popular construction material in older buildings when the material was used for panelling, insulation or fire protection in walling, piping and roofing; it is now banned from use. The inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause lung damage and lead to diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma.
The Department of Health of Western Australia mandates and regulates local operations regarding asbestos management and removal, ensuring contractors are qualified and potential hazards avoided.
Location Survey and Material Testing
If you suspect asbestos deposits in your home, office or school, following proper asbestos management procedures help mitigate the danger and reduce risks to the occupants. You will need to bring in specialists to survey the suspected area, checking for visual indicators and performing complete documentation in the form of photographs and asbestos registers. They verify potential contamination using rigorous sampling and analysis methods, checking for cases applicable under AS 4964: Method for the Qualitative Identification of Asbestos in Bulk Samples or other local regulatory standards.
Risk Assessment and Management
Based on the findings from the survey and testing, specialists craft a comprehensive risk management solution to deal with the asbestos contamination. They devise control measures, timetables and monitoring schedules to mitigate immediate hazards. Other management procedures include coordination with building owners to cascade instructions to other building occupants, and enforcing operational strategies to eliminate exposure to the team.
In cases where the contamination is severe, specialists can opt to perform immediate removal operations. The Code of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos stipulates the necessary logistical needs like barriers, proper lighting installations and personal protective equipment (PPE). It also includes guidelines regarding choosing the wet spray or dry removal method. The code specifies that decontamination and waste management after asbestos removal are necessary phases of the operation.
Clearance and Inspection
Clearance operations ensure that areas that underwent removal are safe for returning occupants. This process includes a thorough inspection of all aspects of the operation, including equipment and waste disposal units. Tasks typically involve checking for visual indicators, sampling dust from the area and counter-checking the proposed management plan. After accomplishing all clearance operations, the area is declared safe. In some cases, however, periodic post-operation monitoring is required, especially if the operation involved large-scale removal.
Trusted Asbestos Removal Specialists
EOSH Consulting is a trusted specialist of asbestos removal in Perth, Western Australia. Asbestos removal is one of our health and safety services. Other operations include asbestos air monitoring, asbestos testing, marine asbestos management, asbestos inspection and other safety management options. We also offer related services such as treatment of contaminated land and contaminant monitoring. We cater to companies and organisations from multiple sectors, extending our commitment to safety to a wide range of clients. We invest time and energy to develop strong relationships with our partners, helping to promote a healthy and conducive environment for everyone.