Any asbestos removal greater than 10m2 or a friable material must be undertaken by a licensed asbestos removalist. Here are a few things to consider when planning asbestos removal works.
Friable materials (materials which may be broken or crushed with normal hand pressure allowing asbestos fibres to be released) must only be removed by a Class A licensed asbestos removalist. An independent licensed asbestos assessor must be engaged to undertake asbestos air monitoring during the removal of the asbestos materials and conduct clearance inspections.
Bonded asbestos containing materials > 10m2 must be removed by a Class B or Class A licensed asbestos removalist. An independent competent person or a licensed asbestos assessor must undertake the clearance inspection and issue the clearance report following the completed asbestos removal works.
Air monitoring must be conducted during the removal of friable asbestos materials and again for the clearance of the removal area(s). It is also highly recommended for asbestos air monitoring to be undertaken for B-Class non-friable asbestos removal works which may be close to public areas, other workers or to determine whether fibre suppression control measures are sufficient. Air monitoring must be conducted by a suitably experience independent person.
Opira can assist with asbestos surveys, project management for asbestos removals, along with air monitoring and building asbestos surveys.