Did you know your building could be a hazard to your occupants, general public, and the environment?
Hazardous materials can be found in insulation, fireproofing, cladding, air conditioners, paint, fluorescent lights, electrical transformers and exit signs.
Typical Hazardous materials which can be found in buildings, structures and within the soil:
- Synthetic Mineral Fibres (SMF)
- Lead in paint
- Polychlorinated Biphenyl’s (PCBs)
- Ozone depleting CFCs
Exposure to airborne asbestos fibres may cause lung cancers and mesothelioma due to contractors unknowingly grinding, drilling, or removing asbestos material which has not been identified, appropriately labelled and incorporated in an asbestos register. SMF is a glass fibre which can cause building occupants irritation the upper respiratory tract and mucosal linings. Workers exposed to PCBs have higher rates of liver cancers and malignant melanomas and CFCs are an ozone depleting and a greenhouse gas.
State and national legislation, guidelines and codes place obligations on building owners, property managers, and occupiers to ensure the identification of and the appropriate management and disposal of these materials.
A Hazardous Materials Survey involves and experienced HAZMAT consultant conducts a thorough inspection, taking samples of materials for analysis where necessary. The inspection would be carried out during normal hours or to minimise disruption out of hours.
When looking for a Hazardous Materials consultant you should look for:
- Experienced qualified consultants
- Licensed asbestos assessor (Class A)
- Insurance for professional indemnity adequate professional indemnity, public liability and workers compensation
A Hazardous Materials Survey report will contain the location, type and recommended control action for the hazardous materials identified if the materials identified pose a particular risk regular repeated inspection may be required or if deemed necessary the development of a scope of works for removal and disposal may be required.