Asbestos Survey and Management

Providing safety in your workplace

Asbestos 

Background

The unique qualities of asbestos have been known since Roman times however it was the Industrial Revolution at the end of the c19th that accelerated its production. Since then it has been used extensively - including a wide range of construction applications in New Zealand and most other countries around the world.

There has been a ban on the importation of ‘raw’ asbestos into New Zealand since 1984 however there is still no ban on the importation, supply, use, or re-use of asbestos-containing products in New Zealand. Consequently, many building materials including texture coatings, pipe lagging, insulation, wall panels, cladding, roofing, floor coverings and many other products are known to have been manufactured using asbestos.

New Legislation

Recognising that there is an urgent need to control asbestos in the workplace, new Health & Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 were published in February 2016. These are going to come into force on the 4th April 2016 and will affect all commercial and industrial buildings. Aspects of the regulations including demolition and refurbishment will also affect work on residential buildings (homes).

The new Role - PCBU

The regulations identify a new role of the ‘Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking’ (PCBU). The PCBU will be responsible for implementing the new safety measures around the control of asbestos in the workplace. The precise definition of a PCBU is open to interpretation and in many cases, a single building or business will have more than one or even multiple PCBUs.

What needs to happen?

Unless the PCBU as already identified and recorded the location of asbestos in your building then in summary, under the new draft Regulations they have a duty to:

  • Locate asbestos and asbestos-containing material (ACM) at the workplace;
  • Indicate the presence of asbestos in the workplace;
  • Prepare and keep an asbestos management plan (deferred until 4 April 2018);
  • Provide appropriate health monitoring to a worker carrying out asbestos removal work who is at risk of exposure to asbestos;
  • Prior to demolition or refurbishment, to identify and remove asbestos and ensure emergency procedures are developed.

We can help

Babbage Consultants Ltd are trained and qualified to IP402 (Surveying & Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings) and can provide you with up-to-date advice on surveying and sampling asbestos-containing materials, management plans and your legislative obligations. Call the Building Surveying team on DDI 09 367 4977 or email:  for further advice or information.

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Services

Management Surveys Refurbishment & Demolition Surveys Bulk Sampling Laboratory analysis Soil asbestos contamination & investigation Asbestos registers Monitoring of asbestos removal Air sampling
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