What Should a Non-Friable Asbestos Removal Job Look Like After it is Completed?

An asbestos removal job usually involves three parties- the first party is the contractor, the second party is the client and the third party is the person conducting the clearance inspection and issuing the clearance certificate.

 

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Let’s say you are a licensed builder and Class B asbestos removalist completing a residential renovation. The reno involves removing 150 square metres of non-friable asbestos (wall sheeting and ceiling sheeting). It is in your best interests to complete the asbestos removal job in a safe, satisfactory and hygienic way and gain a clearance certificate for the job you have completed. By doing so you have met your legislative requirements, kept yourself and your workers safe and your client will be satisfied- resulting in you getting paid for your work and hopefully repeat business from the client or their friends.

 

Let’s say you are the client for the above residential renovation. You are aware of the health risks of asbestos and you want the asbestos removal to be done correctly. You will not be satisfied if the removal is not done in accordance with legislation and codes of practice, you will not engage the builder again and you definitely would not recommend the builder to friends. You may even proceed legal action against the builder.

 

Now you are the licensed asbestos assessor or independent competent person to issues the clearance certificate. It is in your best interest that before you issue the clearance certificate you ensure that the job is 100% free of any visual evidence of asbestos dust or debris and the job has been done in line with the scope of works and asbestos removal control plan.

 

By keeping the following tips in mind you as the class B asbestos removalists should pass more clearances and facilitate success in your business.

 

 

Tip 1: Choose the right removal method

Determine the most suitable method of removal for the asbestos. This should involve a risk assessment and utilising methods taught in our non friable asbestos training courses.

 

Wet Spray Method used while drilling asbetsos.

 

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Tip 2: Documentation, Documentation, Documentation

Asbestos removal control plans (ARCP) help workers understand the scope of the job and how it will be done. By completing an ARCP and other relevant job documentation you can plan out the removal and give guidance to workers so that the job gets done right.

 

 

Tip 3: Sequence you work tasks

There is no point removing 1 sheet and then wet wiping before you have vacuumed and removed fasteners from the frame. Ensure that you sequence your tasks so that critical job tasks are done in a sequential and orderly manner.

 

Sequencing your work tasks means efficiency and hygienic asbestos removal.

 

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Tip 4: Get rid of it

100% free of asbestos dust or debris means ALL. This means any contamination you created during the removal must be removed. Remove the larger bits of dust or debris by hand and then the smaller dust and debris should be removed using a HEPA vacuum approved for asbestos. Be aware of nails or fasteners that hold asbestos around the heads and ensure these are removed and fully decontaminated. Ensure that you vacuum (with a HEPA vacuum approved for asbestos of course) all cracks, crevices and all surfaces affected by the removal. Use wet wipes to wipe all surfaces so they are free of asbestos and contamination. Ensure all asbestos waste is correctly sealed and contained.

 

Fasteners have not been removed, this means failed clearances and further costs.

 

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Tip 5: PVA, PVA, PVA

Use of a good PVA to water mixture is critical in sealing the job once it is completed. Remember the higher the ratio the better the seal, just ensure that the ratio is not that thick as too get stuck in spray bottles. Pro Safety and Training recommends a 2:10 ratio- that is 2 parts PVA to 10 parts water. Ensure that all surfaces have been sprayed with a sufficient PVA mixture to seal the entire job.

 

Asbestos has been double wrapped, and all surfaces of the 200 micron plastic PVA sprayed.

 

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Tip 6: Visual inspection

If the asbestos removal was in your own home you would want to ensure that it is done 100% correctly, you should have a similar mindset for your client’s job. Make sure nearing the end of the job you complete a visual inspection to ensure that the removal is done according to the ARCP and it is to a high level finish. You may have missed something but by doing a visual inspection you can rectify the issue before the clearance (saving you money on failed clearances).

 

Left behind asbestos dust. Always check to make sure all dust and debris are gone.

 

remnant asbestos dust

 

 

By following the relevant codes of practice for asbestos removal and the above tips you should be able to successfully gain clearance on each job.

 

 

 

 

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