Hazardous Building Materials Audits
General recognition of health risks associated with hazardous building materials is required for construction and demolition/renovation projects. The requirement to determine the presence of hazardous substances/materials including conditions in the structure, and all parts of the site, which may be hazardous to the health of the site personnel or the public if disturbed by the stripping or demolition should be conducted prior to any works commencing.
Hazardous building materials include:
- Synthetic Mineral Fibre (SMF)
- Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB)
- Lead containing paints
- Lead containing dust
- Ozone Depleting Substances
- Stored Hazardous Materials (Chemicals)
- Nominated Biological Hazards
- Above and below ground storage tanks.
- Determine, so far as is practical, whether hazardous materials are present in the workplace by inspecting representative areas of the site and reviewing relevant records (e.g. previous hazardous materials registers, asbestos abatement reports)
- Assess the risks posed by the materials identified
- Recommend control actions necessary to manage the risks associated with the identified hazardous materials
- Prepare a report detailing our key findings and recommendations and establish a Hazardous Materials Register listing identified, or suspected, locations of hazardous materials at the site
- Mapping locations of hazardous materials.