Keep Your Asbestos Management Plan Newcastle Updated
An incident related to asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in one of the buildings in the University of Newcastle has raised the awareness on keeping an AMP updated.
The ACM-contaminated building has undertaken a major asbestos removal in the 1980s. Although ACM removal has been performed, the result revealed that all material containing this dangerous fibre was not removed successfully.
According to a 2013 report and an audit in 2015, ACM materials were found in various products and places. Some were friable products that led to the isolation of some suspected areas because they were considered to pose a threat. The fibres in the friable products are having a potential of becoming airborne.
Learn more: education.nsw.gov.au
The Importance of an AMP
Why is the AMP important for a homeowner or building owners? Because it will help a homeowner or building owner to avoid exposure to ACMs while they remain within a building. The AMP will also contain the role and responsibility of individuals who live or work in the building.
How to Obtain an AMP?
The first step in creating an AMP is to have a survey or inspection on the building. A professional assessor needs to perform a visual inspection and collecting samples from suspected materials that may contain dangerous fibres. Then, after sampling, the samples will be analysed by a microscopic analysis. The testing is commonly conducted in a NATA accredited lab.
There are three types of inspection:
- Refurbishment and demolition
The main focus of a management inspection is to analyse ACMs within a premise and provide an assessment of the risk of having fibrous materials there. If fibrous materials are found, then, they must be labelled to notify people about the potential risks associated with fibres.
The inspection must be performed by a professional assessor. He will identify all places that may have fibrous materials then the items will be put into an asbestos register that includes:
- Risk assessment
- Photos to show the appearance of fibrous products.
The products containing a harmful fibre that can be found at residential and commercial buildings, especially in:
- Ceiling and walls in wet areas
- Imitation brick
- Vinyl flooring
- Backing of flooring
- Flues and water pipes
- Pipe lagging
- Window putty
- Ceiling sheeting
The management inspection of ACMs includes:
- Assumptive inspection of fibrous materials – make an assumption of materials suspected with fibrous products.
- Sampling inspection of ACMs – a consultant will sampling the suspected items. The testing is commonly performed in a NATA accredited laboratory. The testing is done to identify fibrous products, whether they are friable or non-friable.
The History of Your House is Valuable Information
Suspected materials are not always proven to be contaminated with fibrous materials. The age of a house and the construction method can influence the existence of fibrous materials. Older buildings built before the 1980s are likely to have fibrous products.
Refurbishment and Demolition
The two inspections are performed to identify materials containing dangerous fibres as to reduce the exposure hazard to people doing the work and to the nearby surroundings. To determine whether a building contain fibrous products, a professional must conduct an inspection. During the process, individuals must be cleared out from the area. The inspection is usually conducted before a refurbishment or demolition project.
The clearance inspection is performed after the removal of fibrous materials and the building is stated as safe for re-occupation. The type of inspection to be performed depends on the type of ACM presents in a building, whether friable or non-friable.
- For friable: air monitoring and visual examination are required to be performed. During the inspection of friable fibres, to minimise the discharge of this fibres into the air, an enclosure is required.
- For non-friable: after removing the bonded ACM, a visual inspection is conducted to make sure that there is no more fibrous material left.
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Is DIY Possible for Inspection and Removal?
Although you are allowed to do the testing and removal by yourself, it is NOT strongly recommended. You are dealing with a dangerous substance. A mishandling will endanger your health and also the people near your house. Also, the ACM fibre is 50 to 200 thinner compared to human hair and is not visible to the naked eye. It needs to be analysed under a microscope in a lab. That is why you will need a professional removalist.
If you plan to do DIY for removing asbestos, you are suggested to have some knowledge regarding this dangerous substance. You can take a training course on removal. To ensure you will perform the removal safely, you are required to read the guidelines and have personal protective equipment. The safety kits must be worn throughout the working process.
Among the protective kits you must have, including:
- P2 mask
- Footwear covering
- Thick plastic bags
Remember! You are only allowed to remove non-friable ACMs (not more than 10m2) and the amount of time permitted to remove the materials has to be one hour in any seven-day period.
If you are going to work on the fibrous products yourself, Do Remember that you MUST NOT:
- Use abrasive sanding discs or cutting
- Use power tools
- Use high-pressure hoses
- Use compressed air
- Step on the cement roof to prevent falling.
- Leave the ACM in a place that may cause it to be damaged.
When Is the Right Time for the AMP Reassessment?
The news has reminded all homeowners to check and reassess their AMP. The management plan must be reassessed at least every five years or depends on the condition of the ACMs. If it is damaged or severely weathered, then reassessment becomes necessary to be done.
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