Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals found in rock formations. Three types of asbestos were mined in Australia: white (chrysotile), blue (crocidolite) and brown (amosite) asbestos.
In Australia, asbestos cement materials were first manufactured in the 1920’s and were commonly used in the manufacture of residential building materials from the mid-1940’s until the late 1980’s. During the 1980’s, asbestos cement materials were phased out in favour of asbestos-free products.
Australia banned the use or import of blue and brown asbestos or asbestos products in the mid-1980s, and banned all manufacture or import of white asbestos products in December 2003. From 31 December 2003, the total ban on manufacture, use, reuse, import, transport, storage or sale of all forms of asbestos came into force.
Asbestos is heavily regulated by the OHS Regulations 2007 and this places a number of requirements on to Employers and persons who manage and control workplaces.
HSEI personnel have many years experience in the asbestos field across a wide range of industries. We can offer a full asbestos advisory service including:
- Asbestos and hazardous materials surveys and sample analysis,
- Air quality monitoring / para occupational air monitoring during and post removal,
- Providing clearance certificates following asbestos removal,
- Asbestos registers and development of risk management plans,
- Sampling/Testing and identification of suspected asbestos containing materials,
- Division 5 & 6 Audits