Identifying, Testing and Managing the Risks of Asbestos in New Zealand

Hi I’m Freddy Kruger. I’m the Asbestos Team Leader at Prendos and I’m also a WorkSafe certified Asbestos assessor. I want to talk to you today about Asbestos and linking the risks and managing the risks thereof. Firstly let’s talk about what Asbestos is. It’s a natural fibrous cliff structuring minerals and used in the past for its fortitude and its insulating properties. Beings believe that it cannot burn, it’s waterproof … everything … the majority of members of it’s true. Problem is when it does burn it heats up inside and explodes, and in it spreads impurity over a wide area. Too the three most common types of Asbestos are all found in New Zealand and they would be Crocidolite which is the blue Asbestos, most dangerous. Amosite, brown Asbestos … sort of in the middle, and the Chrysotile which is most commonly found in building products, like the stuff they turn in walls, ceilings … if it’s that kind of thing. Let’s look at what the existing legislation says about Asbestos.It says the purposes of the act homes its own responsibilities on the PCBU and everyone by now should know what a PCBU is. It’s a person conducting a business or undertaking in all workplaces and that includes firms, business owners, class, form corporates, landowners … yes, that’s you … it is not include volunteer services because they don’t make money but everyone else does. That’s why religions and academies are also included. They must do the following points … they must produce, retain and update an Asbestos register for the workplace. They must prepare an Asbestos management plan and they must provide access to the Asbestos register, to anyone that may come into contact with Asbestos on the premises.The safety indebtedness for the purpose of determining Asbestos … so the PCBU, as discussed previously with control or dominate over the workplace, have a duty to know, or link, the health risks of show to respirable Asbestos fabrics. As far as reasonably practicable, ensure that all Asbestos is identified, frequently through an Asbestos survey. There may be inaccessible areas where they may have to assume that Asbestos is present. When you get tradies on site and those are normally your plumbers, electricians and those various kinds of guys … they have certain responsibilities, on a site. They have to ask to see the Asbestos register and the Asbestos management plan to know what they’re going to be working with. They must ask to see the luck register to know if there’s any other fortunes on site that they are not aware of. They must predict the hazard and Asbestos registers, and understand exactly where all the hazards are.They’re not allowed to go where it’s unsafe to do so unless they’ve got the proper training and gear with them. They are not allowed to disturb suspected Asbestos containing materials unless it’s sworn safe by an Asbestos survey. Lastly, they’re not allowed to walk on super six roofs. Those are the wavy roofs made from Asbestos, precisely, because it’s unsafe, it’s old and brittle. The normal lifespan of an Asbestos roof should be between 50 and 60 years. Most of them have far outdone their usable lifespan in New Zealand previously, so that’s why they are old and fragile. Why should we know about Asbestos? The state appearance of it is that there are 170 workers dying in New Zealand every year, directly attributable to Asbestos and … It doesn’t matter what kind of sickness they get, the most common would be Asbestosis, that everyone would know about but the cancers are even worse mesothelioma and you’ll … it’s … it’s a dire of extinction so you don’t want to contract any of those. The regulations state that it is part of the health and safety at work( Asbestos Act of 2016) and we have to adhere to it, whether we like it or not and you cannot contract out of it. You cannot be removed from it, you have to do it. The penalties is not negligible. For each breach of the law … $50,000 penalize to the PCBU and $10,000 to the individual, and you cannot insure against that.Where time you find Asbestos? It’s in the plaster on the walls, it’s fire retardant factors, flooring and wall vinyls .. you know these old-time vinyls from the seventies … the delightful chocolate-brown ones. When you peel them and there’s a paper backing, or a white approval, that’s usually 100% Chrysotile Asbestos. Insulation and pipe leggings … very dangerous trash. They used to use it in the older constructs, especially fire station, schools, public situates … Where they had a boiler room and the irrigate to be running tubes to heat the registers on each flooring, and those pipes were covered in Asbestos lagging. It was unadulterated Asbestos, typically Amosite … very dangerous. In foundations and fencing, sprinkle sea paraphernalium, loadings of it specially older buildings, bigger structures. They have big sewers, some internal, some external … you’ll hear them, all Asbestos. Plant and equipment … I would say that gaskets are a big one but too brake pads on elevations engines in your house … obviously Asbestos.In the soil, illegal dump or even previous parties that broke down the building … didn’t clean it up properly and contaminated the grunge. Oven door shuts, you know that white rope, in hearth mends as well, also contains Asbestos. The older waver electrical wire, especially on staves and kettles, contains Asbestos. The plaster sheathing for soffits, the walls, ceilings, ceiling tiles, peculiarly the ones to those used little opens taught in their own homes. Not the uniform excavations that are smaller and bigger … of a certain area … they all contain Asbestos. Gaskets and shuts, Bituminous concoctions, for waterproofing on ceilings. Very common, all over the place. Electrical switch committees, the backboards. Generally there would even be a name on it which would be Asbestos or one of those refers that you know it cannot be anything else. It’s usually pitch-black. If your backboard of your electrical switchboard is black, it’s usually Asbestos, and then the roofing that you get anyway it’s called super six and it’s absolutely everywhere, especially on big commercial buildings.Now there were some unique situates that you could find Asbestos as well. It used to be used in wine to clarify the finish … whatever that intends. It used to be used in beer as a filter. Blue Asbestos used to be, and that’s a dangerous one, used to be used as a filtering component in gas disguises in both World War one and World War two. Nowadays, I’m not gonna say Johnson& Johnson, but talcum powder contains Asbestos because that’s what they’re made of. I don’t know if you’ve ever trimmed an electric cable and there’s talcum powder in the cable. That also contains Asbestos … retrace extents but it’s still there. Modern crayons and modeling clay, brought in from China … they don’t have the same bans as anywhere else. Christmas medallions … the phony blizzard … don’t get much of it nowadays but if you; re probing your grandmother’s attic and you find a box of imitation snowfall, just know it’s unadulterated Asbestos. Jewelry-making equipment … Not much of it around but still there could be. Toothpaste … fabulous but there used to be a brand called Aparna and that contained Asbestos. It’s inside bowling balls. Blue Asbestos was also very widely used as cigarette filters … so just to compound the problems … and companies are still compensating suits specially Kent. Dental crowns, until the’ 80 s, used to contain Asbestos as well. In light bulbs. Those big round mane dryers that you’re getting in lounges, they contain Asbestos as well, and glue for floor tiles. So it’s not only the vinyl that’s on the floor but the adhesive that persists it to the floor contains Asbestos. Some consumers might not be a way of their responsibilities to have Asbestos management schemes and cross-files. It had to be in place by the fourth of April, 2018. After a two-year grace period, it was supposed to be done by 2016, but it is now surely in the Statute. Prendos New Zealand can offer you the following points. We do Asbestos Management or refurbishment/ defeat the investigations and the preparation of the Asbestos Management Plans to accompany those.Third gathering monitoring and clearances for when Asbestos needs to be removed. It to be necessary … the authorization and the third party monitoring , not by the removalists, but by independent third party, which we could be the third party and they all have to be done by a licensed Asbestos Assessor. Now there is two different kinds of surveys. One is called a Presumptive Survey and one is called a Management Survey. The Presumptive Survey says that everything in your neighbourhood … you can assume to be containing Asbestos. The trouble with that is any work ever done on the building you will need to have the material measured before you can work on that building.Yes, you may have a Management Plan and it says assumed to be Asbestos, everything, but you will never be able to work on the building, in different aspects, until you actually know what it contains. so the PCBUs, opts for presumptive investigations defer the problem until emergency situations develops. It will cost more for any work to be done on a construct, such as … say electrician comes in and he needs to drill a fault in the ceiling then you have to actually test the ceiling to make sure that it doesn’t contain Asbestos, before he’s even allowed to go in … and the building still has to be re-inspected at least every five years, according to the legislation, until the Asbestos is removed or deteriorated in such a manner that it has to be removed. Thank you for taking the time to watch this video.If you have any questions please throw them in a comment box below and the authorities concerned will do our best to answer it as soon as possible. Thank you.

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