It’s estimated that asbestos causes around 170 deaths in New Zealand every year. Identifying whether asbestos is present in your property is paramount to ensuring the safety of those present.
Asbestos materials are still present in many New Zealand homes and commercial buildings. Asbestos has been widely used in residential and commercial buildings (including houses, factories, offices, schools and hospitals) right up into the 1990’s.
Redecorating, renovating, or even demolishing all or part of a building could lead to exposure to asbestos. Have you considered that asbestos may be present on your site before you commence work? You need to have a comprehensive asbestos register before work commences.
Safe asbestos removal and testing is crucial. Unfortunately asbestos, when inhaled as respirable fibres over a period of time, can result in asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma (cancer of the lung lining).
Asbestos is commonly either Chrysotile (white), Amosite (brown) or Crocidolite (blue).
Asbestos can be found in common building products such as:
- Stippled/textured ceilings
- Floor vinyls
- Exterior cement sheet cladding and soffits
- In and around pipe lagging
- Heat, acoustic or fire retardant insulation
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Before work is undertaken on any of these surfaces a trained and competent asbestos sampler should remove a sample for analysis at an accredited laboratory.
The management of asbestos in the workplace is controlled by the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 with guidance being given in WorkSafe NZ’s publication “ACOP: Management and Removal of Asbestos”.
- Are you planning to demolish or refurbish a building or worksite?
- Do you need help to comply?
- Do you need expert assistance with asbestos identification?
TriEx have been the asbestos samplers of choice to Fletchers EQR, Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), and many insurance companies, including State and IAG.
TriEx turnaround time from being instructed to come to site to take samples of suspected asbestos, to you receiving a detailed confirmation report (including square meterage of the amount of asbestos), can be as fast as one day.
What is involved?
The audits include:
- Comprehensive inspection of the premises
- Asbestos sampling and analysis of suspect materials
- Assessment of the risk to employee health, posed by the asbestos
- Recommendations for the maintenance or abatement of asbestos materials
TriEx can also provide advice and monitoring and clearance following asbestos removal operations on your New Zealand site.