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Asbestos Air Monitoring

The Health and Safety Regulations require background and clearance monitoring for friable removal jobs only.

However, the person who commissioned the removal may request air monitoring for non-friable works as part of their own internal procedures or where the asbestos removal is being undertaken indoors or in a high profile/sensitive location.

Air monitoring is not intended to be used as a preventive or a real time control measure, but as a check in order to ensure that control procedures are operating satisfactorily and that employees, contractors and members of the public is not being exposed to harmful environments.

Air Monitoring gives us a result that can be compared to the occupational exposure standard of 0.1 f/ml.

Air monitoring in Victoria should be undertaken by a suitably competent person; who has appropriate qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience. All HAZCON asbestos consultants undergo an intensive in-house and on-site mentored training program. This ensures all personnel have the skills necessary to deliver comprehensive asbestos monitoring programs in accordance with relevant standards and tailored to a sites individual needs.

Air monitoring services include:

  • Background/control or para-occupational air monitoring
  • Background air monitoring is performed at the barriers (or boundaries) of the removal area while removal works are being undertaken.
  • The purpose of background monitoring is to identify whether airborne asbestos fibres are present outside the removal area/enclosure and to ensure that safety control measures are working.

Clearance air monitoring

  • Clearance air monitoring is conducted at the conclusion of removal inside the removal area for a duration of 1 hour.
  • Clearance monitoring must be performed for all friable jobs. A result of less than 0.01 f/ml must be obtained prior to the asbestos enclosure being dismantled.
  • Clearance air monitoring may also be required, for internal, non-friable removal jobs, dependent on the client's requirements.

Customised

  • Air monitoring may be undertaken as general workplace surveillance to determine whether there is any release of asbestos fibres from in situ asbestos containing materials. It may also offer a solution for concerns around the workplace.

If you would like more information or a quote for visual clearance inspection please Contact Us on 1800 429 266 or email hazcon@hazcon.com.au 

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