Air Monitoring & Clearances
The various Australian and New Zealand OHS/WHS/OSH Regulations prescribe requirements during and after an asbestos removal project. Air monitoring is conducted whilst removal works are occurring to ensure that control measures have been adequate and there has been no potential fibre release whilst works were undertaken.
At the completion of an asbestos removal project, an independent person is required to undertake a clearance inspection (some exemptions exist under state legislation pending quantity or type of material removed). These inspections ensure that all asbestos containing material and associated debris within the scope of the removal project has been removed appropriately. Clearance air monitoring is also undertaken to provide a certificate to acknowledge that the area is safe for re-occupation.
Greencap has several Licenced Asbestos Assessors (LAAs) across Australia and New Zealand who can complete the above works. With internal NATA/IANZ accredited laboratories, Greencap are able to analyse asbestos air monitoring slides and issue NATA/IANZ accredited reports on the levels identified against the relevant exposure standards.
Greencap also has the ability to setup mobile, site-based laboratories – particularly for large and/or ongoing projects. This provides significant savings in terms of turnaround times and reduced project delays.
Whilst the majority of demand in this space is for asbestos related air monitoring and clearances, Greencap also has occupational hygienists experienced in lead and Synthetic Mineral Fibre (SMF) air monitoring. Whilst not as tightly regulated as asbestos, removal projects involving these hazardous materials pose potential risks. Air monitoring during these works provides assurance that control measures have been effective and that the area is safe for re-occupation following the completion of works.