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It is estimated that asbestos makes up approximately 6.4 million Tonnes of the built environment of Australia. Exposure to asbestos or hazardous materials can lead to chronic, life shortening disease or other serious health effects. As an example, the incidence of mesothelioma has been steadily increasing since the early 1980’s.
Hazardous materials management is undertaken by licensed assessors to assist PCBU’s control the risk of exposure to workers. When it comes to asbestos and hazardous materials management, our consultants offer a range of services that include but are not limited to:
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Along with Asbestos, these hazardous materials are commonly found in the build environment around Australia:
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.
We partner with 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: