Marine asbestos use and installation of asbestos-containing products in plants and equipment for the marine industry is still widespread throughout the world. This is despite the common misconception that a worldwide ban is in place due to the widely known detrimental health effects.
This has specific implications for vessel operators, charterers, manning agents, shipyards and owners globally, particularly with the amended SOLAS regulations completely prohibiting marine asbestos use and installation of new asbestos-containing products on vessels from 1 January 2011. Also under Australian law, a newly built vessel (categorized by Australian Customs as those built after 1 January 2005) may be classified as a prohibited import if found to contain any asbestos, and therefore refused entry to Australian ports. The European Union has also placed restrictions on the vessels entering and exiting EU waters that may be or are suspected of containing asbestos.
All vessels being imported for work within Australian waters are required to produce a register showing that no asbestos containing materials have been used in its construction or installed during any refurbishment or refit during the vessels lifespan. An Asbestos Free Certificate, commonly issued as part of a vessels build and registration documents, is not regarded as sufficient. Eosh Consulting can provide a Marine Asbestos Free Certificate where requested but this would always be accompanied and make reference to a detailed and thorough inspection of the vessel where sampling of suspected asbestos-containing products has taken place.
Eosh Consultants are recognized as industry leaders in the field of marine asbestos management, with both of our principals being the first in Western Australia to become NATA accredited inspectors to the International Standard (ISO17020) for Hazardous Materials and Asbestos inspections in workplaces including ships and offshore installations. All our consultants hold relevant Offshore Safety Certification (BOSIET and HUET) and Maritime Security Clearances.
Eosh Consulting deploys worldwide to conduct asbestos surveys onboard vessels and offshore installations in order to identify asbestos-containing materials and assist clients in conforming to local legislative requirements as well as IMO regulations. Having an Eosh approved asbestos register and management plan in place will ensure that Australian Customs and Border Protection have a greater level of confidence that the vessel is imported in compliance with the Amended Customs (Prohibited Import) Regulations 1956, Regulation 4c.
Eosh experienced, competent and internationally certified consultants have undertaken and project-managed works as diverse as:
- Identification and ongoing management of high risk asbestos for vessel importation
- Staged assessment and certification during new build projects
- Auditing of shipyard and suppliers quality and procurement processes
- Specification and management of friable asbestos removal during oil tanker/FPSO conversion
- Deployment of on site laboratory facilities for monitoring of risk controls
- Training of overseas workforce in marine asbestos awareness and removal techniques