Asbestos Management Consultant Sydney

Approximately one third of all homes in Australia contain asbestos products. If your house was built before 1990, it is likely that it would have some asbestos-containing materials.

JMB Environmental Consulting Pty Limited have a combined experience of over 50 years managing asbestos in buildings throughout Australia, the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe. Let us use our asbestos experience and knowledge to meet your needs.
Asbestos in the home can be very dangerous, get in touch with us today to discuss what we can do to help.

ASBESTOS SURVEYS

The purpose of an asbestos survey is to gather accurate and sufficient information to create a register that is fit for purpose for a building (could be site or asset) at any given point during a buildings lifespan.

The type of survey required will vary due to the activity within a building, and obtaining the correct asbestos survey is critical in managing ACMs and mitigating the risk of exposure to persons as far as is reasonably practicable.

Asbestos surveys can be classified into three types:

A management survey is a legislative requirement for all non-domestic properties built before 31/12/2003 and is required during the normal occupation and use of a building.  Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos materials in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.
A reinspection survey is an assessment of an existing hazmat survey.  Its purpose is to check the condition of the already identified hazardous materials in the building and conduct an up to date risk assessment to assist with continued management of the materials on site.  Effort should be made to access any no access or limited access areas from the original survey.
A refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all hazardous materials in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned. The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. A refurbishment and demolition survey may also be required in other circumstances, e.g. when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or for plant removal or dismantling.

ASBESTOS AIR MONITORING

Air monitoring for asbestos means taking samples to measure the level of airborne asbestos fibres over a given time period.

This depends on the situation.  The data captured can be used to measure  the effectiveness of control measures. Air monitoring includes exposure, control and clearance monitoring.

Asbestos air monitoring must be undertaken in accordance with Safe Work Australia’s Guidance note on the membrane filter method for estimating airborne asbestos fibres.

Air monitoring is mandatory for all friable asbestos removal and must:
  • be carried out prior to the start of removal (background air monitoring)
  • be carried continuously during the removal work, or at any other time decided the independent licensed asbestos assessor ((control air monitoring))
  • be carried out inside the enclosure following a successful visual clearance after asbestos removal has been completed, and before the containment is dismantled
Although not legislated, it is good practice to conduct air monitoring within the worker’s breathing zone to assess exposures to asbestos (exposure monitoring). This can be done on friable and non friable asbestos work. Legislation states that an air monitoring program is not always necessary for the removal of non-friable asbestos containing materials. Non friable materials still present a risk of fibre release however during asbestos removal and JMB Environmental Consulting Pty Ltd believe this is best practice, especially when concerning asbestos in the home or asbestos in schools.
Only an independent licensed asbestos assessor (LAA) must carry out asbestos air monitoring associated with Class A asbestos removal work.

An occupational hygienist or individuals who have a statement of attainment in the VET course for asbestos assessors (CPCCBC5014A Conduct asbestos assessment associated with removal) should all be competent to conduct air monitoring for asbestos fibres, if they have experience with asbestos and ACM.

Our asbestos hygiene services are complemented by our in house ISO/IEC 17025 compliant NATA accredited laboratories and field laboratory vehicles.

We hold the following accreditations:

Asbestos fibre counting and Volume Control – Estimation of airborne Asbestos fibres by the membrane filter method described in the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission Guidance Note (2005) and in-house laboratory methods.

Visual clearance inspection certificates (certificates of reoccupation) will be issued following a satisfactory assessment by one of our trained and experienced hazmat consultants prior to leaving the site.

Our NATA accredited mobile laboratory vans and in house technology means we will deliver your reports when they are meant to be received – the same day.

ASBESTOS CLEARANCES

An asbestos clearance is the final step in the asbestos removal process, and confirms that all visual asbestos containing materials and associated dust and debris have been removed successfully.  It is certification that the asbestos work area can be cleared for re occupancy of building users.

Asbestos clearance certificates are a legislative requirement. The Work Health and Safety Regulation (WHS Regulation) requires that after the asbestos removal work has been completed, an asbestos clearance certificate is issued to verify that the area is safe for normal use prior to re-occupancy.

This depends upon the amount, and type of asbestos containing materials being removed.

Non-friable ( or bonded) asbestos removal work requires only a visual clearance inspection under current legislation.  It must be carried out by an suitably experienced and trained independent competent person or by an independent licensed asbestos assessor.

Friable asbestos removal work requiring Class A asbestos removal licence requires both a visual clearance inspection, and following this satisfactory asbestos clearance air monitoring within the containment. This must be carried out by an independent licensed asbestos assessor (LAA).

Ideally friable clearances should follow the 4 stage clearance process:

Stage 1: Preliminary check of site condition and job completeness;

Stage 2: A thorough visual inspection inside the enclosure area;

Stage 3: Air Monitoring;

Stage 4: Final assessment post-enclosure dismantling.

The clearance certificate must be issued before the LAA leaves site, and must state that no visible asbestos residues from asbestos removal work in the area, or in the vicinity of the area, where the work was carried out.

If air monitoring was carried out by the LAA as part of the clearance inspection, the airborne asbestos fibre level was less than 0.01 asbestos fibres/mL.

If the asbestos clearance certificate has not been obtained, the asbestos removal work zone should not be dismantled, and the area must not be re-occupied for normal use.