Negligent asbestos removal puts others at risk

A small business in Timaru has been fined $10,000 for failing to follow correct asbestos removal procedures. This error of judgement stems from a failure to test the building for asbestos prior to demolition.

This case highlights the importance of having an asbestos survey undertaken by a competent person and implementing an asbestos management plan. WorkSafe are reminding businesses and property owners that a negligent approach to removing asbestos not only puts you at risk but also those around you.

This message comes after Topham Holding Limited was recently sentenced in the Timaru District Court.

During the demolition of an old chicken shed in 2016, Topham Holding’s sole Director removed sheeting which contained asbestos, without first engaging a competent person to ensure the asbestos was removed. The director had ignored advice from WorkSafe a year earlier that the building was likely to contain asbestos and needed to be surveyed, and proceeded to carry out the demolition regardless.

Cheif Inspector of Investigations Keith Steward said: “Topham Holding was aware of the presence of asbestos and was negligent in ignoring the well-known risks of asbestos and our advice about the demolition.”

“No one is exempt from managing the risk of asbestos appropriately. Asbestos management is not a job for a layperson – it is a job for a competent and trained professional. It’s not just about keeping you safe and healthy – but those are you as well”.

Topman Holding Limited was sentenced under the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016, as the company was a PCBU with management or control of a workplace or of a structure and yet failed to ensure as far as reasonably practicable that the asbestos was removed before demolition – a requirement under these regulations.

TriEx can assist you in ensuring you’re meeting your obligations under the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016. Call us on 0800 4 TriEx (0800 487 439) or email enquiries@triex.co.nz.

Workplace First Aid Lifesaver Special

Our Workplace Lifesaver Specials are a great way to bring your teams First Aid skills up to scratch at a reduced price.

We offer Workplace Lifesaver Specials for numerous reasons, like when there’s a short week due to a public holiday. Whatever the reason, the Lifesaver Special is our Workplace First Aid course at $99, rather than the usual $154.

Lifesaver Specials are exactly the same as our regular Workplace First Aid courses – the same duration of 8 hours, the same content and quality of course delivery, and you get the exact same qualification. Just at a reduced price!

To help ease you back in to 2018 we have a plenty of Lifesaver Specials occurring in January and February, just click on the Book Now link below.

Subscribe to our Training Calendar here so you can be kept up to date with the latest First Aid Training dates, including upcoming Lifesaver specials. To subscribe, sign up for our Newsletter here.

To book yourself a Lifesaver Special, click the book now link below.

Training Calendar – December, January & February

Our latest Training Calendar is out today, which includes upcoming training dates for December, January & February.

In this issue, we bring you our new Workplace First Aid Lifesaver specials. These are exactly the same as regular Workplace First Aid courses, just at a lower price of $99 rather than $154. With plenty of disruption coming up with the Christmas shut down period, we have plenty of these courses to take advantage of. To book a Lifesaver special, click here.

Our Psychological First Aid course continues, with 4 dates coming up; one in December and January and two in February. You can learn more about this course and book here.

We also have both the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) courses coming up in January and February. These are the 4-day BOHS IP402 course: Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Building, and the 5-day BOHS IP405 course: Management of Asbestos in Buildings. The IP402 course is ideal for those who want to qualify as an asbestos building surveyor and will provide a range of theory and practical knowledge, and the IP405 course is perfect for those who manage a building or estate, which may contain asbestos.

To download your copy of this months training calendar, click here.

TriEx Asbestos Accreditation

TriEx – An internationally accredited asbestos service provider

When businesses select a supplier to fulfil their asbestos inspection needs, they need to be assured and confident that the Inspection Body can supply a technically competent, effective service with consistently reliable results. Assurance of this can be achieved with accreditation and TriEx have successfully gained IANZ accreditation to ISO 17020 for Surveying and Sampling for Asbestos. This allows TriEx, as an asbestos inspection body, to benchmark its work practices against the world’s best practices. This internationally recognized standard evaluates the technical competence of TriEx performing inspection activities and for the impartiality and consistency of our inspection activities.

Our dedication and focus on quality and technical accuracy is the foreground of everything we do, We are dedicated to delivering practical cost effective work place solutions and impartial advice. With your asbestos management in our hands you can focus on your core business interests, confident in the knowledge that you are compliant with your legal obligations and providing a safe built environment for your employee’s and clientele.

Our Asbestos team is lead by our asbestos manager and is supported by our team of experienced surveyors. The team are highly trained and all hold the BOHS IP402 – Surveying and Sampling for Asbestos Qualification, ensuring the results and recommendations in our technical reports are of the highest quality and integrity.

Our wide scope of accreditation now covers the following:

  • Surveying for Identification of potential Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs)
  • Management Surveys (Domestic, Commercial, Industrial)
  • Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys (Domestic, Commercial, Industrial)
  • Bulk Sampling for Verification of Asbestos
  • Evaluation of survey results (including the provision of advice about the management of risks and priority assessment)
  • Re-inspection of identified or suspected asbestos containing materials in surveyed premises

If you would like to learn more about our Asbestos services please contact us on enquiries@triex.co.nz or call us on 0800 4 TRIEX (0800 487 439).

TriEx Newsletter – November 2017

Our November Newsletter is out now, and this week it is Melanoma Awareness Week. We’re heading into summer so it’s important to keep in mind the risks associated with sun exposure. We’ve got some tips to stay sun smart, and to keep yourself aware of Melanoma.

We’ve got a lot of discounted First Aid courses coming up. December, January and February bring with them a lot of disruption for most businesses, so we’re running some $99 TrainMe First Aid Specials. Click the link below to see what dates we have available.

We’ve run two Psychological First Aid courses since our launch during Mental Health Awareness week, and the feedback we’ve received has been fantastic. We recently received a glowing testimonial which is worth a read if you’ve been considering this course.

A recent report released by WorkSafe has shown that the Canterbury Rebuild Programme has met all it’s short and medium term health & safety goals, including zero fatalities since 2013. You can read the full report from the newsletter link below.

Click here to read the full newsletter. To signup for our future newsletters click here.

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What is an Asbestos Management plan?

The asbestos management plan identifies the risks posed by the asbestos present in your property and sets out procedures to control them. It is a regulatory requirement under regulation 13 of the ‘Health & Safety at Work (asbestos) Regulations 2016’, that utilizes the data accumulated from asbestos surveys to manage asbestos risk.

An asbestos management plan will typically include:

  • Policies and procedures for emergencies, refurbishments, day-to-day operations and for less usual work or tasks
  • Key asbestos information‚ usually from an asbestos survey
  • Risk assessments of each occurrence of asbestos
  • Action plan
  • Monitoring & re-inspection regimes
  • Training requirements
  • Roles & responsibilities
  • Dissemination of information
  • Duties of the Asbestos Coordinator

The arrangements within the plan should be reviewed periodically. If you are unsure of where your company stands regarding compliance, you can opt for a desktop study that will clearly identify any gaps, if they exist, and offer a step-by-step guide to compliance.

With a comprehensive understanding of your needs, we will produce a tailored asbestos management plan and implement your own policies that will help you to manage the asbestos within your premises compliantly, proportionately to the risk and in accordance with current regulations.

In addition, we offer an implementation meeting to aid the initial setup of the processes involved in the management of asbestos materials. We also offer reviews of your management plan on a six-monthly basis to ensure your on-going compliance with legislation.

To find out how TriEx can help you meet your obligations email us at enquiries@triex.co.nz, or phone 0800 487 439

Training Calendar – November & December 2017

Our November & December Training Calendar is out today.

Our new Psychological First Aid course launched last month during Mental Health Awareness week. We’re running 3 courses currently, two in November and one in December for you to choose from. This course is about Mental Health Awareness, Response & Support, and is a 4 hour course designed to help prepare learners to respond to a person who may be experiencing emotional distress in the workplace. You can learn more about this course and book here.

November has a short week with Canterbury Show Day on the 17th, so we’ve scheduled two Workplace First Aid TrainMe Specials during both of those weeks. These courses are at a discounted price of $99, a saving of $55.

We have two British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) courses coming up in November and December. These are the 4-day BOHS IP402 course: Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Building, and the 5-day BOHS IP405 course: Management of Asbestos in Buildings. The IP402 course is ideal for those who want to qualify as an asbestos building surveyor and will provide a range of theory and practical knowledge.

We also have two regular Asbestos courses; an Asbestos Awareness for Tradespersons course in November & December, plus an Asbestos Awareness for Managers course in early November.

To download your copy of this months training calendar, click here.