Asbestos Air Monitoring

Airborne Fibre Monitoring

When Asbestos is being removed there are several safety compliance requirements to be adhered to. Airborne Fibre Monitoring (or Air Monitoring) is one of these requirements

Ample and consistent air monitoring ensures that the fibre release controls put in place for the asbestos removal project are adequate. This in turn assists in ensuring workers and others are not exposed to elevated levels of airborne asbestos fibres. Air Monitoring is typically conducted by a Licensed Asbestos Assessor such as HSE Australia.

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As a specialist in Asbestos Project Management and Air Monitoring, HSE Australia helps you to ensure that Asbestos removal work is done within your safety compliance requirement. ​

Airborne Fibre Monitoring must be conducted for the duration of the asbestos removal work and by an independently appointed Licensed Asbestos Assessor, appointed by the person commissioning the asbestos removal. This would typically be a construction company or a workplace owner or occupier. Licensed asbestos assessor services appointed by the asbestos removal company are not independently engaged.

Suspect Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) are to be assumed to contain asbestos and treated as if it does contain unless a NATA accredited laboratory confirms the material does not contain asbestos by representative sampling and the NATA accredited analysis results.

Additionally, where there is an Asbestos Register for a building or property, in the case of re-furnishment or demolition it must be reviewed and if it is found not to be adequate for the work to be conducted a further pre-demolition or pre-refurbishment audit of the building is required. These are sometimes called ‘intrusive’ or ‘destructive’ audits are conducted to ensure all asbestos containing material are revealed and identified to ensure inadvertent disturbance does not occur, creating an elevated airborne asbestos fibre situation. ‘Intrusive’ or ‘destructive’ audits are best complete when the building, area or situation is vacant and unoccupied. During these audits penetrations may be made into the substrate of the structure to assess for the presence of asbestos.

During these audit situations and / or where in other situations there are concerns as the level of airborne asbestos being present, such as in older asbestos clad industrial building, Airborne Asbestos Fibre Monitoring is recommended to be conducted where there is doubt or a requirement to know the asbestos risk.

From the Air Monitoring conducted, a NATA accredited laboratory report is drafted detailing the results of the fibre monitoring. The report will provide a valuable insight into the level of asbestos risk and will assist in drawing conclusions regarding asbestos risk and ongoing management of asbestos at the site.

For over 15 years HSE Australia has offered a holistic approach to asbestos and other risks associated with properties in a significant range of commercial and industrial settings. The set of services provided in relation to asbestos management ranges from Asbestos register audits, intrusive asbestos audits through to the initial scoping of an Asbestos removal project to ongoing project management of the asbestos removal. This would include Asbestos Fibre Air Monitoring and risk mitigation strategies for the project, right through to its completion with Asbestos Clearance Certificate inspections to allow for re-occupancy.

If you suspect your property contains asbestos and your employees or project is at risk, get in touch.

HSE Australia offers a wide range of asbestos audit and management services. Our team of experienced and certified specialists will visit your site and identify potential sources of asbestos, take samples and provide best-practice solutions.
Sample testing in our NATA accredited laboratory guarantees quick turn-around times; often you will get your results in 3-5 days. Same-day delivery of results is possible on request.

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Frequently asked Questions

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To put it simply, asbestos is a rock forming silicate. The most common silicate is quartz. However, asbestos is special because it is not solid but consists of fibres. These fibres, once disturbed or broken down can become a health hazard.

Asbestos management involves the identification, sampling, analysis and removal management of potentially asbestos containing products and substances. HSE Australia have expert knowledge of Asbestos Management and the regulatory framework in which it is managed.

Asbestos Management is regulated under Work Health and Safety legislation in each state of Australia and the Commonwealth. Legislation places responsibility on a ‘persons conducting a business or undertaking’ and others in the workplace to ensure the legislative requirements of Asbestos Management is compliant. This is from Asbestos Containing Material identification, documentation (Asbestos Registers and Asbestos Management Plans), through to asbestos removal.

An Asbestos Register is required for workplaces built before 2004; this would incorporate buildings, structures and items of plant and equipment at the workplace or if asbestos is likely to be present at the workplace from time to time. The Asbestos Register formerly documents the location, type, and condition of the Asbestos Containing material. HSE Australia have conducted thousands of assessment audits of buildings and are experts at the audit process.

The asbestos register document must be accessible to those at the workplace who carry out work at the property.  Asbestos Registers must be reviewed and kept up to date.

Unfortunately, yes. asbestos was used over many years and in over 3000 products and applications.

Asbestos can be found anywhere in a property. Asbestos was used in over 3000 building materials until it was banned.

Airborne Fibre Monitoring is used to identify airborne asbestos fibres – the asbestos fibres that can cause fatal lung disease if inhaled and respired. Airborne Fibre Monitoring can be conducted statically or on the person. It is conducted during asbestos removal activities and also when a risk assessment of airborne fibres is required to assess asbestos risk. Airborne Fibre Monitoring follows a prescribed standard method using laboratory processes. HSE Australia is NATA accredited to determine Airborne Fibre levels.

An Asbestos Management Plan is required if Asbestos Containing Materials are identified at the workplace. This document is required to reference the Asbestos Register and is required to detail processes and procedures to manage the Asbestos on site; that is how it is going to be managed in relation to workplace safety as far as asbestos is concerned. HSE Australia can assist in this process.

Suspect Asbestos Containing Materials can be assumed to contain asbestos and managed accordingly. HSE Australia are experts in determine what a ‘suspect asbestos containing material’ is.

As many materials formerly containing asbestos are now made with no asbestos content, a visual assessment to deny asbestos content in a product is not satisfactory. Under safety regulations this can only be completed in a NATA accredited laboratory. HSE Australia is NATA accredited to assessment materials for asbestos content or otherwise in materials (Asbestos Test)

HSE Australia offers services in areas such as auditing, sampling, analysis and project management and helps clients in various industries to project manage asbestos removal projects.

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