When it comes time to remove asbestos containing material (ACM) from your property you need to be aware that the Asbestos Regulations have been made law in April 2018.
The new Regulations require those who remove asbestos to be licenced and registered with WorkSafe for all friable removal and any non friable asbestos removal over 10m2.
CSS Ltd is fully compliant with all the relevant regulations and fully licenced for all Asbestos Removal.
All of our staff are qualified to the New Zealand unit standard.
Identifying Asbestos in your property
- When was your building built? In New Zealand building materials were likely to contained asbestos from 1940 until the mid-1980s.
- Was there any refurbishment or additions made to the property prior to 2000?
- Ask to see the building plans
In a factory or manufacturing facility look at the history of the building and speak to suppliers of plant to check for ACM components
- Get some expert help
Our experienced team at CSS can provide both a visual inspection and take samples from your site for IANZ laboratory analysis.
Types of Asbestos
Asbestos containing materials may be categorized in two groups Non-Friable Asbestos and Friable Asbestos:
All asbestos removal must be made by a licenced removalist
Things to Consider if Asbestos Forms Part of the Building
Things you should consider if asbestos is found to form part of your property:
- The condition of the Asbestos
- The amount of Asbestos present
Most asbestos containing building lining should not pose a health risk unless it is degraded and/or broken.
Domestic asbestos removal
Asbestos present in a domestic property which is well maintained and intact may be left if it poses no risk of being damaged. However, it will need to be routinely inspected, maintained and from April 2018 a register must be kept identifying the asbestos at the property and includes an Asbestos Management Plan.
Commercial asbestos removal
The treatment of asbestos in commercial properties presents a difference in scale with that of domestic sites. If it is well maintained and intact it may be left if it poses no risk of being damaged. Staff should be made aware of it’s location so that extra care and vigilance may be taken.
A register must be kept identifying and locating the asbestos and include an Asbestos Management Plan.
CSS can help you in identifying the presence of asbestos containing material in your property by safely obtaining a sample from site and having the sample examined by a testing laboratory.