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 a process is much more extensive, with greater potential risks. Here is a sample of some of the 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 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.