Asbestos

If your building was constructed pre-1990 it is highly likely to contain asbestos in some form.

How we can help

Asbestos is the single biggest cause of deaths from work-related disease. On average, about 170 people die each year from asbestos-related diseases. Breathing in airborne asbestos fibres is a serious risk to your health – once the fibres are breathed in, they lodge in the lungs and may cause lung cancer or mesothelioma. WorkSafe has released guidance for managing and removing asbestos in the workplace, the first of its kind in New Zealand. The Approved Code of Practice for the Management and Removal of Asbestos will help contribute to WorkSafe’s target of a 50% reduction in asbestos-related disease by 2040.

Advanced Environmental Services is experienced in working across all types of commercial and industrial settings providing consultancy, project management and decontamination services. Carrying $10m public liability insurance, we are committed to working in partnership with other contractors, government departments and other industry professional’s to provide the best solution for your project.

We are reputed for safeguarding businesses in meeting their responsibilities under the new Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 and the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016. Employers are required to take all practicable steps to have any substance thought to be asbestos appropriately tested and made safe. In December 2014 a New Zealand employer was fined $40,000 under the former laws, for failing to have textured ceilings tested for asbestos prior to their removal.

The removal of asbestos in any form is classified as Restricted and Notifiable Work. Employers are required to notify WorkSafe NZ and employ approved contractors in all environmental services work.

Identifying non-friable asbestos

Non-friable asbestos is asbestos that under ordinary circumstances cannot be easily crumbled. These are generally materials where the asbestos fibres are bonded using a cement, bituminous or resin matrix.

Any disturbance of non-friable asbestos will cause the material to become friable. If there is any doubt, you should treat the asbestos as friable.

Identifying friable asbestos

If you suspect you may have friable asbestos product in or around your home or workplace, call Advanced Environmental Services immediately. If in doubt, we will safely extract a sample and send it to an independent laboratory for analysis.