Asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are present in most workplaces and homes built before the early 1980s. Some materials can be found in plant and equipment manufactured up until 2003, when the National Asbestos Ban came into effect in Australia.
An Asbestos Audit or Inspection is usually the first step in identifying ACMs in the home or workplace, and managing asbestos exposure risks.
Photo: BENSS' Asbestos Report Photographs
Our Asbestos Audit Reports include an Asbestos Register for the site, Risk Assessments, and Recommendations for ACM management.
BENSS' Asbestos Audit Reports and Asbestos Registers are designed to clearly present important information, in an easy to use format for our clients, their staff and contractors.
Photographs and Marked Plans are also included, to assist identification of materials and locations.
Asbestos Audits vary depending on the purpose, level of intrusion, and whether or not samples are taken. It’s common to undertake more than one type of audit at a site, either at the same time in different areas, or throughout the life of a building.
Asbestos Management Audits are the typical standard for most workplaces.
Management Audits are typically semi-intrusive, with representative samples of suspect materials taken for analysis where necessary. Thay can usually be undertaken while the workplace is operational.
The purpose of a Management Audit is to assess all reasonably accessible areas and materials, for example where routine maintenance or minor building works might be undertaken and potentially disturb asbestos.
Audit findings should be compiled in an Asbestos Register.
If ACMs are identified or presumed present in a workplace, they must be periodically reinspected at least every 5 years, or every 12 months in some jurisdictions.
Materials must also be re-inspected if they are likely to have been disturbed, or if workplace changes may alter existing material risk assessments, for example a material becomes more accessible or and/or likely to be accidentally damaged.
Area & Equipment Inspections
Inspections of specific areas or items of plant and equipment may be required for a number of reasons, including:
|Photo: 1970's Boiler with multiple asbestos materials|
Pre-Demolition or Refurbishment
Before demolition or refurbishment of a structure or plant, constructed or installed before 31 December 2003, the Asbestos Register must be reviewed.
If there is no Asbestos Register, or the Register is inadequate or highlights No Access Areas which may contain ACMs, a Pre-Demolition or Refurbishment Asbestos Audit must be undertaken.
These intrusive audits often result in damage to access and inspect areas.
In some cases partial demolition of a structure may be required for the purposes of the asbestos audit.