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Australasian Safety Services have experience providing air monitoring services across a multitude of industries Australia-wide, including manufacturing, construction, mining, maritime, education industries and government.
We are an approved provider of dust monitoring and dust management services suitable to meet the QGL02 Management of respirable dust in Queensland mineral mines and quarries guideline.

Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Management

Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Management

A control program is necessary when handling, removing, or disturbing asbestos-containing materials , or when the presence of asbestos-containing materials is suspected or confirmed in the workplace. The goal is to prevent or minimize the release of airborne asbestos fibres. The employer must make sure that the control plan is developed and implemented according to the requirements for their local government regulations.

Experienced in providing asbestos and hazardous materials management

Australasian Safety Services have experience providing asbestos and hazardous materials management services across a multitude of industries Australia-wide, including manufacturing, construction, mining, maritime, and government.
The most common hazardous material when we talk about asbestos and hazardous materials is without a doubt, asbestos. Other hazardous materials that come under the hazardous materials umbrella can include:
Synthetic mineral fibres
Lead paint
Ozone depleting substances (ODS)
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6)
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All of these materials have been routinely used in workplaces throughout history. These materials have been known to cause a number of adverse health and environmental effects. Asbestos for example is known to cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis in humans.
The need for all organisations to minimise the risk posed to building occupants by asbestos and hazardous materials is enshrined in workplace health and safety law. One of the largest sections of the model WHS Regulations deals with the management of asbestos. It is a highly regulated material.

Our Approach to Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Management

When it comes to asbestos and hazardous materials management, our consultants offer a range of services that include but are not limited to:
Building, plant, structure, vehicle inspections and suspect material sampling
Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Surveys and Register development
Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Risk Assessments
Asbestos Air Monitoring, including personal exposure monitoring and asbestos removal control monitoring
Asbestos Clearance Inspections and Reports
Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Management Plans
Asbestos Awareness Training
Emergency Response and Critical Incident Response; and
Technical Advice for Regulatory Compliance Issues

National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratories

We also only use National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratories for the sample analysis, whether it be bulk asbestos samples, asbestos or synthetic mineral fibre counts, or lead in paint.
Given the highly regulated nature of asbestos, if there is any doubt as to what steps should be taken, it is best to speak with an expert to provide the right advice. To briefly display how regulated asbestos is within the workplace, the following is true based on the model WHS Regulations in Australia:
All workplaces that have building built prior to 2003 are required to have Asbestos Registers if there is reason to believe that asbestos may be present.
An asbestos register must state the location, condition and risk of the material, amongst other things.
The asbestos register must be regularly reviewed and revised as necessary, typically with intervals no greater than 5 years. Individual risk assessments may require more regular reviews.
Where asbestos is present in a workplace, an asbestos management plan must be developed and in place. There are stringent requirements about what must be in an asbestos management plan.
Asbestos can typically only be removed by licensed tradespeople. There are few exceptions where this is not the case, however they must be competent and knowledgeable about the correct removal and disposal requirements.
Air monitoring may be required by law, however is generally best practice, for when asbestos is being removed. Air monitoring ensures that the asbestos being removed is done so in a controlled manner.
Asbestos clearance inspections must be undertaken at the completion of licensed asbestos removal. This is to ensure all asbestos containing materials within the scope or work have been removed and the area is safe for re-occupation.
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