Asbestos Management Plan Perth
Right now, Australia has the second highest death rate from mesothelioma in the world, just after the United Kingdom. Mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer caused by asbestos fibre exposure, is leaving its mark in Australia since the early 1980s. According to experts, mesothelioma will cause around 25,000 deaths over the next 4 decades.
In 2014, 641 Australians died from mesothelioma. – Australian Mesothelioma Registry
One of the many causes of mesothelioma is prolonged exposure to asbestos fibres. With the long history of asbestos-containing material (ACM) use for building construction, Australia is facing many cases of fibre contamination in residential properties. The contamination does not only occur in domestic buildings, but also in commercial and public buildings. Recent news, that reveals ACM findings in public spaces such as hospital, school, and crayon, prove that the public needs to raise awareness towards asbestos dangers.
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What is ACM and why is it so dangerous?
ACM is a group of minerals occurred naturally that was generally used in construction industries because of its physical attributes. It is now highly controlled by Safe Work Australia (SWA) as it has been linked to various respiratory health illnesses. The removal of this dangerous substance must be done in agreement with the strict safety and health regulations. Specials kits, such as disposable coveralls, footwear, shoe covers, respirator, gloves, goggles, thick plastic bags and other supporting equipment are also required during the removal process.
Types of fibrous materials
ACM falls into two categories, which are friable and non-friable.
- Friable ACM refers to a material that can easily be receded to powder by hand pressures when it is dry. This type of material is more likely to discharge considerable levels of dangerous fibres into the air when it is damaged and it will create a serious problem to health.
- Below are some examples of friable materials:
o Thermal lagging like pipe insulation
o Underlay or backing of sheet vinyl
o Sprayed fibrous fire retardants
o Low-density boards
- License matters: An A-Class license holder is allowed to remove friable, non-friable and any dust or debris contaminated by dangerous fibres.
- Non-friable ACM, also known as bonded fibrous material, refers to a material where the fibre is bound firmly in the material matrix. This type of fibre is not likely to release ACM fibres into the air. It will generate airborne fibres only when it’s disturbed or damaged.
- License matters: A B-Class license holder is allowed to remove non-friable materials (like fibro sheets) and friable materials that are smaller than 10 m2 in size.
Recognising Harmful Fibrous Products
Nowadays this health-endangering fibrous material is barely used in commercial products. ACMs were mainly used before the 1980s in quite many insulation materials and building items used in domestic buildings.
These are examples of common products used in various buildings:
- External cladding
- Internal cladding
- Various roofing types
- Floor coverings
- Drainage and water supply
- Guttering and downpipes
- Other hazardous fibrous items in the garden
What should you do?
If you suspect that your property has ACMs, it is important for you to not do anything to the suspected product. Any disturbance to the product will lead to a serious health risk.
A note for you: Many homeowners think that they can manage this problem themselves. However, in order to be safe: if you have even a small suspicion that the material consists that harmful fibre, DO NOT touch or even poke it.
Check for sign of ageing, water damage, or abrasions. DO YOU KNOW that if you rub and hit the product, it can release fibres into the airborne environment? So, don’t even think of doing such thing.
How to Do Proper Sampling?
The only conclusive method to know the presence of fibrous materials is through sampling and laboratory testing. A sampling includes collecting a sample from the suspected material. The material should not be bigger than a 10-cent coin. The laboratory will provide you with a report containing the analysis result. The report will include a conclusion that tells you whether the analysed product contains asbestos or not.
It is known that asbestos fibre is colorless and tiny. The size of the fibre is around 5 microns in length. Therefore, if you have any plan for DIY sampling, you should follow the recommended sampling process. The best choice will be to leave it to the expert. Seeking help from an assessor who has a license is strongly recommended.
Asbestos Management Plan (AMP)
Building owners, employers, and property managers have to be aware of the location and condition of ACMs in their living or working space. You are required to have an AMP to stay in compliance with the national, state, and local regulations.
An AMP assists property owners with the management of buildings and other related structure to avoid fibre exposure. The purpose is to set up certain procedures if fibrous materials are detected in the building. The management plan outlines duties and responsibilities of the person-in-charge to eliminate or diminish the risk of exposure. The individual in charge must take proper steps to label and record the identified fibrous material in an asbestos register. The plan should arrange definite purpose, informing what, when, and how everything is going to be done.
It must also:
- Determine the person who is responsible for that kind of incidents
- Involves decisions related to the management of ACM
- Integrate procedures for a fibre removal process
- Set up a timetable for the jobs, including priorities
- Always be updated with all related information
- Be regularly reassessed or if there is a request to do so
- Determine a procedure if changes occur
- Includes plans on how to control and manage the risks
Need Expert Help?
When it comes to dealing with hazardous fibrous materials, you will need various services, such as demolition, emergency repair, consultant, air monitoring, and soil remediation,; as every cases needs to be treated differently.
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