Under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017, an employer or a person who manages or controls a workplace has a duty to ensure that all asbestos containing materials present in the building, which may be disturbed, are identified and removed prior to renovation or demolition works commencing. Other hazardous building materials must be identified to ensure safety and correct disposal is undertaken.
A standard Hazardous Building Materials Audit will determine the presence of:
Other materials including ozone depleting substances, stored hazardous chemicals and biological hazards can also be included upon request within the scope of the Hazardous Building Materials Audit.
A Hazardous Building Materials Audit can also involve a review of the existing Asbestos register to ensure that it is still current and to further investigate previously inaccessible areas. Destructive sampling may be undertaken prior to demolition/refurbishment to determine the presence or absence of asbestos containing materials in inaccessible areas.
A Division 6 Audit is a destructive / invasive audit, which generally includes the identification of all hazardous building materials (PCB's, Lead, SMF etc.), prior to demolition or refurbishment.
The auditor will be able to gain access to areas previously inaccessible, such as ceiling and floor spaces.
All hazardous building materials (including asbestos containing materials) will then be removed prior to works on the building.
If a current asbestos register is already in place and a Division 6 Audit is required for the same building before major works, it usually takes a fraction of the time and cost.
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