Bathroom Asbestos Removal Procedure

What Are The Requirements For Bathroom Asbestos Removal With Class A and B Licenses?

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Unlike bathroom asbestos removal that doesn’t require a license, removal projects that require class A and B licenses involve much greater precautions. This is because such process is much more extensive, with greater potential risks. Here re the samples of some applicable requirements based on guidelines provided by the Australian Work Health and Safety Regulations (WHS Regulations):

1. Presence Of An Asbestos Removalist Supervisor

A company that offers professional asbestos removal will always have an asbestos removalist supervisor. Licensed asbestos supervisors possess certification based on the particular license for removal projects. Their supervisory role also depends on the type of work being carried out.

For instance, a supervisor must always be present in class A licensed removal work, involving friable products (asbestos containing materials in form of dust or debris). On the other hand, a supervisor isn’t required to be physically present in class B licensed removal work involving extensive non-friable products (solid asbestos containing material). In such a case, the supervisor is only required to be easily accessible during the project.

A slight variation applies in case someone is working alone as a self-employed worker. In such an instance, the self-employed worker must have the competency to work on non-friable products, as well as the competency of a supervisor. This applies to class B licensed removal projects.

2. Training And Certification Of Workers

Due to the hazardous nature of asbestos removal, strict certification and training requirements apply to all workers. All workers must complete specific units of competencies relevant to their particular roles. This means that supervisors would possess additional units of competency compared to other workers.

Through training, workers will gain the following skills/competencies:

  • – Understanding the hazards and risks involved
    – Knowledge of adverse effects to a person’s health
    – Awareness of the risk posed by airborne asbestos
    – How to use special equipment and methods in removal projects
    – Awareness of control measures and proper maintenance of a removal control plan
    – Proper decontamination procedures
    – Effective methods of handling emergency situations
    – Knowledge of applicable legal requirements

Registered training organizations provide all the necessary training. This is normally offered in a progressive manner, starting with Class B unit of competency before the Class A. Additionally, professional companies will also provide further training to all workers.

3. Informing Concerned Parties

The fact that asbestosis removal projects can pose a risk to people within the vicinity means that all concerned parties must be well-informed beforehand. Firstly, managerial personnel should be briefed on the type of work and start date. In turn, managerial personnel should share this information with:

  • – Other people working at the premises
    – The person who commissioned the removal project
    – People with businesses nearby

This is simply a sample of the many requirements in licensed bathroom asbestos removal. Various other requirements include obtaining an asbestos register from the managerial personnel, preparing a removal control plan, notifying the regulator, limiting access to the work site, providing decontamination facilities, proper containment and disposal of waste and clearance inspection.

Advice Regarding Safe Bathroom Asbestos Removal

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Asbestos is a cover name ascribed to a group of naturally forming fibrous materials. Though previously extensively used, asbestos is currently restricted in its usage. From the mid of 1940 to the 80s, it was commonly used in a lot of domestic household appliances goods and building products, owing to its strength and being heat resistant. Today, its removal is being recommended in some situations, especially if it gets broken for it release harmful fibers into the air.

Common Bathroom Areas Likely To Have Asbestos

• Bathroom walls, ceiling, and floors.
• Boilers insulation and pipe-work
• Bathroom rainwater pipes
• Extension bathroom roofing

Advice On Asbestos Cement

Asbestos cement products are finely bonded building materials, frequently employed in bathroom tiling and roofing. Care should be taken so as not to confuse asbestos insulation board with asbestos cement because they look similar in terms of appearance. Asbestos insulation board is more hazardous because it is softer. To inhale asbestos dust is hazardous. It is therefore recommended that individual householders should only remove the asbestos cement with some expert to do the job. All other asbestos types of bathroom asbestos removal should be performed by a trained and licensed asbestos contractor only.

The following precautions and advice only apply to asbestos cement. The other kinds of asbestos are generally more dangerous and call for more stringent precautions. They require specialized management and disposal typically best offered by an asbestos removal contractor who is government licensed.

Who May Undertake Removal Of Asbestos Cement?

• The All-Purpose Builder

Many general builders could perform the removal of asbestos cement without requiring licensed personnel. They, however, must adhere to the prescribed safe working procedures and make suitable provision for the proper disposal of asbestos waste in accordance with the Work Safe Occupational Health and Safety regulations and laws of their respective State or Territory.

It is essential that you plan well for the job; acquire the equipment and materials needed for the task as well as make suitable disposal arrangements. The majority of the jobs may be performed in relative safety if the remover pays due attention to detail and adheres to laid down safety protocols. The NOHSC Code of Practice for the Management and Control of Asbestos (2005) offer asbestos removers useful guidelines on safety procedures to be observed.

The following precautions may be observed to reduce the risk to a minimum level:

• It is strongly recommended that you wear a suitable face mask or an approved respirator and disposable coveralls.

• Plan the removal in such a way that the asbestos material itself gets actually handled as little as feasible so as to reduce the release of the harmful fibers.

• Avoid generating asbestos cement dust by not using power tools or breaking up the material. In addition, avoid wire brushing or sanding down asbestos cement.

Removal And Disposal

All asbestos cement waste ought to be wrapped securely in double layered strong polyethylene and then sealed with strong duct tape. After usage, all the protective equipment and gear ought to be also disposed of as asbestos waste. This should be disposed in an approved government waste site and not in the general garbage collection dump.

The Process Of Bathroom Asbestos Removal Without A License

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The process of bathroom asbestos removal may require class A or B licenses or none at all. The particular steps in a removal project will depend on the licensing requirement. Here is an overview of the steps involved in a removal project that doesn’t require licensing (based on guidelines provided by Safe Work Australia):

Removal Process That Doesn’t Require Licensing

The steps involved in this process are quite simple since the scope of such a project is small. In such a situation, you’re only dealing with a small size bathroom with a maximum of 10 m2 of non-friable products (solid asbestos containing material). Take note that, as much as no license requirement exists for this type of work, all workers must be properly trained on how to identify and safely handle asbestos.

The process in such a project should include the following aspects (based on requirements by the Australian Work Health and Safety

Regulations WHS Regulations:

  • Unless the work is carried out at domestic premises, a copy of the workplace’s asbestos register must be obtained beforehand. Persons with managerial control of the workplace are required to provide this document.
  • Workers can then proceed to identify specific hazards within the workplace. This isn’t just limited to the particular hazardous materials that need to be removed. The removal team must also take into consideration various hazards that may arise due to the removal process, as well as the surrounding environment.

Several potential hazards include:

1. Heat Stress – Working in confined spaces is likely to cause heat-related hazards. This is mostly due to the personal protective equipment (PPE) worn by workers. Therefore, the proper assessment must be made of the intensity of work, temperature, air movement, humidity, exposure to heat sources and physical aspects of the workers. Moreover, the risk of heat stress can be alleviated through job rotation, providing cool drinks, appropriately scheduled work breaks, properly fitting PPE and demarcating shaded rest areas.

2. Exposure To Airborne Asbestos – Removal of friable products (asbestos containing material in form of dust) can disperse the harmful material into the air. To control this risk, special enclosures may be used to curb airborne dust particles.

  • Once the specific work area has been identified, signs and barricades must be erected around it. This will prevent intrusion by unqualified persons.
  • During the actual removal, it’s highly recommended that wet spray or saturation and water injection methods are utilized. These two methods are effective in suppressing asbestos fibers, unlike the dry method. However, the dry method may be used in case the work area has live electrical conductors.
  • Only the correct equipment, tools, and PPE must be used during this process.
  • Decontamination facilities must be readily available.
  • After removal, all asbestos waste must be properly labeled and disposed of, as soon as possible.
  • Eventually, all PPE used during this process must also be disposed of in a similar manner to the asbestos waste. Alternatively, it may be decontaminated, packed into sealed double bags and laundered in a facility that can launder asbestos-contaminated material.