The Most Thorough Asbestos Audit in Brisbane
An asbestos audit is an important item for anyone in Brisbane who conducts a business for several reasons. For instance, there are regulations that mandate an audit under certain common circumstances. Further, it is an excellent investment in the health protection of employees and customers alike. An audit is also part of any well thought through commercial real estate transaction.
What Is An Asbestos Audit?
When The Asbestos Guys perform an asbestos audit, we thoroughly examine your structure for asbestos health risks.
After all, asbestos is a hazardous material that can be unhealthy for your employees, visitors, occupants, and the general public.
Any building constructed in 1989 or earlier is likely to have been built with asbestos-containing materials (ACM). A thorough audit can help determine:
- Is there asbestos on the site?
- What is the condition of the asbestos?
- What asbestos mitigation measures are necessary?
By giving you the answers to those questions, your audit will provide a solid foundation for any required asbestos remediation.
Why Perform An Asbestos Audit?
Section 274 of the WHS Act and Work Health and Safety Regulation requires that a “person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must not carry out or direct or allow a worker to carry out work involving asbestos if that work involves manufacturing, supplying, transporting, storing, removing, using, installing, handling, treating, disposing of or disturbing asbestos or ACM, except in prescribed circumstances.”
As part of the regulation, the government requires a person with management or control of a workplace to manage and control ACM, as well as:
- Determine if there is asbestos on the premises
- Identify asbestos locations
- Create an asbestos register and review it regularly
- Prepare an asbestos management plan
- Ensure any construction work is done with proper asbestos control measures in place
Besides the regulatory requirements for asbestos audits, every commercial real estate transaction should have an audit performed as part of due diligence. Furthermore, an audit is an excellent idea when there has been substantial damage to a structure (flooding or another disaster). Finally, the law prevents the issuance of building permits for demolition or renovation projects unless an audit has been performed.
What Are The Types Of Asbestos Audits?
The Asbestos Guys can perform several different audits. We tailor these audits to your particular situation, but generally, they fall into one of four categories:
- Asbestos screening audit. This survey is non-destructive and looks for ACM in all areas that are at risk. At the end of this audit, our asbestos professionals will provide an asbestos register that meets all regulatory requirements.
- Limited asbestos audit. These surveys are more detailed than the screening audit. They may be conducted if there is an area with damage that needs specific attention. If required, there may be some sampling of building materials. Locations that might have suspected ACM include walls, roofing, and siding.
- Renovation asbestos audit. This type of survey will use destructive sampling protocols in areas along the path of construction. However, areas that will not be renovated will not need to be analyzed. The goal of this audit is to prevent the release of ACM during the project and preventing worker exposure during a renovation.
- Demolition asbestos audit. This survey is comprehensive and does destructive sampling throughout the entire structure. The objective of the audit is to ensure that any section of the building with asbestos is found and cataloged prior to demolition.
What Is The Outcome Of An Asbestos Audit?
The government requires a person with management or control of a workplace to have an asbestos register on the premises. He or she must keep this document current with up-to-date information.
The asbestos audit provides the manager either with an initial asbestos register or with a formal review and revision of an existing register.
The register must list all ACM found or assumed to be in the workplace. Details will include the date, location, type, and condition of the identified asbestos. Additionally, if testing was done on any material, those results must be reported in the register.
The register should also provide relevant details of any areas that were not accessible to the auditor.
This document should further be reviewed every five years in order to ensure currency.
Additionally, the register must be readily accessible to employees, health and safety inspectors, and anyone engaged in working on the site.
This important document can only be generated through a thorough asbestos audit.
Who Should Perform An Asbestos Audit?
One of the most important things to know is that only an expert should undertake an asbestos audit.
This is true for two reasons. First, asbestos is a dangerous material, and if misidentified or improperly handled, it can cause significant disease. Second, without a wealth of experience, the audit may not find or appropriately evaluate the asbestos in the structure.
The audit team should be certified to conduct these surveys and must stay current with all relevant regulatory requirements.
The Asbestos Guys are Brisbane’s most qualified asbestos technicians. Our team will provide a detailed asbestos audit at a reasonable price.