Specialist Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Consultants. Servicing Sydney & NSW
There is a vast abundance of Asbestos products in Sydney homes and
workplaces. Air monitoring requirements will vary depending on the type of asbestos being removed, the location and position of the asbestos, if an enclosure is used and whether the asbestos removal work is within a building or outside.
Air monitoring is mandatory for all friable asbestos removal. This includes prior to dismantling an enclosure and for the purposes of the clearance inspection.
Air monitoring is not required but may be considered to be carried out by an independent licensed asbestos assessor or competent person to ensure compliance with the duty to eliminate or minimise exposure to airborne asbestos and to ensure the exposure standard is not exceeded.
Air monitoring should be considered where the asbestos removal work is being undertaken in or next to a public location.
Air monitoring should be carried out at other times to determine a worker’s exposure to airborne asbestos if, based on reasonable grounds, there is uncertainty as to whether the exposure standard may be exceeded and a risk assessment by a competent person indicates it is necessary. Since most uses of asbestos are prohibited, exposure monitoring should not be required frequently.
Sydney is a hotspot for asbestos products in both the home and workplace. Having the assurance that during the removal process you and your family members have not been exposed to airborne asbestos fibres is important. Neighbours and members of the public often are unaware of the regulatory requirements associated with asbestos removal and having the report will put their mind at ease that they haven’t been exposed to asbestos fibres.