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Two Ballarat businesses were fined with $6000 and $2000 after unsafe removal of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). The worksafe prosecutor stated that both companies failed to ensure that the workplace is safe from ACMs by having no proper asbestos management plan (AMP) in-place.
An AMP aims at setting out actions to be taken by property owners in the management of ACMs as outlined in the “Control of Asbestos Regulations” in the Ballarat area.
Aims of an AMP:
- Manage the hazards of ACM found mostly in Council owned houses and similar occupied buildings in a manner that minimize health risks of employees, contractors, visitors and members of the public.
- All member contractors are committed to achieve this by using the most practical means and approach that ensures coordination between all services and projects undertaken in ACM management.
- To ensure that our website provide all necessary information, instruction and training to realise safety and cooperation of all parties involved.
- The management plan Ballarat outlined here is therefore a document that provides a mechanism of compliance and all member contractors have vowed to adhere to.
- The purpose of this management plan is to enable member contractors to identify and categorize fibrous material in council houses as well as domestic buildings.
- To develop a program that guides the removal of ACM whose location poses perceived or real health risks.
It is worth noting that Control regulations and approved code of practice in Ballarat area has placed a strong emphasis on contractors to identify record and remove ACM in non-domestic buildings.
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What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a natural mineral consisting of many small fibres, This material has excellent insulation and chemical resisting properties. It is because of this that they were used extensively in buildings and pipe works. Normally the ACM was used in its pure form but chemical additives were incorporated to improve its chemical and heat resistance properties. Fibrous materials can be found in numerous locations at a building.
Some of the locations include:
- Boiler rooms
- Service ducts
- Thermally protected structural beams
- Cement sheeting
- Flooring/decorative coatings
- Service equipment doors
Types of ACMs
Fibrous material occurs in three types namely; white Chrysotile, Brown Amosite and Blue Crocidolite. These colours relate to visual impressions created in laboratory analysis and should not be used as a basis of identification in buildings.
Considerable exposure to friable ACM poses the risk of developing lung and other forms of cancer such as cancer of the abdominal lining and lung lining. In addition the fine fibers of ACMs can lodge in lung tissues causing irritation and formation of tumours. Other health conditions caused by ACM are asbestosis and chronic fibrosis.
To minimize and prevent exposure to ACM, our member contractors have developed the following work procedures.
1. Damaged ACMs / Emergency Procedure
Where fibrous materials have been evaluated and found to be damaged or have severely deteriorated during the inspection process. Our member contractors will instigate the emergency procedure outlined below:
- The area affected will be secured ensuring no access is granted. Use of signage and barriers or debris will be utilised where necessary.
- Review impact on the building’s operational procedures. If it is a county house, then alternative building should be used.
- The necessary safety department is notified in order to arrange for air monitoring tests or actual demolition.
- Maintain communication with all parties involved until necessary steps of formal clearance have been confirmed.
- Keeping a record of asbestos presence provides accurate information on the location, amount and condition of fibrous materials.
2. Fibrous materials
The area that shall be found having ACMs will be noted and if further action of management is required is noted in the surveyors report. A copy of the report is attached to this document. Control measures of high-risk areas are identified and included later in this plan. Where fibres have been identified, the person tasked with managing fibrous materials in this area will ensure that the material can be visually identified. Materials containing fibres are labelled in accordance with legislative guidelines.
3. Monitoring and Inspection
- Formal inspections of the marked fibrous materials are conducted annually by a competent employee preferably qualified with BOHS P401 or P402 level certification.
- Other periodic inspections can be carried out by the person earlier identified.
- Any damaged or deteriorated fibrous product will be reported according to procedure detailed earlier under damaged/ emergency procedure.
4. Works and Visitor Protocols
Every contractor visiting the area will be required to access and review the ACM survey register before undertaking any work. This will be provided by the person managing ACMs in that area. All contractors undertaking work in the area will be required to sign that they have indeed reviewed the register.
Where there are fibrous products that are to be worked on or nearby, no work will take place until an appropriate method statement of work is produced and the Permit-to-Work procedures detailed in Appendix 3 duly authorised and implemented.
5. Emergency Services
Emergency service personnel visiting the ACM site must be given upon arrival, the ACM survey, register as well as the plan.
6. Refurbishment or Demolition Jobs
Where a site is commissioned for any construction work that involves demolition or refurbishment survey is taken to identify, locate and describe as reasonably possible all ACM in the area.
7. Asbestos Works and Removals
All asbestos removal shall be done in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations. In all case where an ACM is being removed or encapsulated, the relevant authorities shall be notified before work is carried out.
8. Asbestos incident report procedure
This procedure is followed in a case of exposure to ACMs by a worker.
If a worker suspects to have been exposed to ACMs, he should notify his supervisor immediately. The supervisor in turn arranges for the area to be cordoned off. The suspected material is tested using the appropriate test procedures.
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Asbestos Watch Ballarat trusted members can develop a comprehensive AMP for you:
- The plan provides a well-coded and coordinated response during discovery and removal of deteriorated ACMs.
- This plan ensures safety of the public, workers and inhabitants of high-risk buildings.
- Our members will perform sampling and the disposal of hazardous waste
Furthermore, the plan provides crucial information about the dangers posed by ACMs used in building materials. There is a database of survey and distribution of all discovered ACMs. The registers are available for all our members contractors as well as members of the public.
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