Asbestos removal and disposal is a dangerous process, and poses a serious public health risk if not dealt with correctly. Disturbing asbestos-containing material (ACM) can produce inhalable airborne asbestos fibres, causing harm not just to those in the site, but also to those nearby. That’s why the regulatory requirements for asbestos removal are so strict, stipulating a high degree of care whilst removing bonded and friable asbestos. Generally found in older constructions, asbestos can be found in, but not limited to:
- Roofing – super 6 sheeting.
- Flooring – ACM particle board.
- Tiles – linoleum tiles and associated tar based adhesive (black jack).
- Insulation – friable asbestos lagging or roof insulation.
Asbestos can also be found in soil, and if you suspect that is the case, read more about Asbestos Soil here.
Asbestos removal requirements
The serious nature of the health risks involved require the involvement of a specialist ACM removal contractor who can walk you through all the details of ACM removal and disposal, and ensure compliance with existing regulations. There are two main requirements before any asbestos removal and/or disposal works can occur from a site, and AES comply as follows.
Asbestos removal notification
First of all the relevant asbestos removal notification needs to be provided to the Commonwealth or relevant State regulatory organisation (i.e WorkSafe)
Asbestos Removal Control Plan
Prior to the commencement of licensed ACM removal works, an asbestos removal control plan (ARCP) must be prepared by the licensed asbestos removalist. The purpose of an ARCP is to identify the specific measures that will be in place during ACM removal works, to ensure workers and others won’t be it risk, and to guarantee that the ACM removal is carried out in a safe, well-planned manner. A comprehensive ARCP should include, but not be limited to such details as:
- Removal details – asbestos type, quantity and condition
- Consultation mechanism
- Timing of removal work
- Emergency planning
- Work area boundaries and barricades
- Electrical safety
- Personal protective equipment
- Air monitoring program
- Onsite management of removed ACM
- ACM removal method
- ACM removal tools and equipment
- Decontamination methods
- Disposal of ACM waste
Australian Enviro Services are experienced in ACM removal.