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 too a WorkSafe attested Asbestos assessor. I want to talk to you today about Asbestos and determining the health risks and managing the risks thereof. Firstly let’s talk about what Asbestos is. It’s a natural fibrous rock structuring minerals and used in the past for its backbone and its insulating properties. Parties 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 contamination over a wide area.Also 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 law says about Asbestos. it says the purposes of the act neighbourhoods 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 companionships, business owners, schools, person corporates, landlords … Yes, that’s you … it is not include volunteer services because they don’t make money but everybody else does. That’s why schools and academies are also included. They must do the following points … they must produce, retain and revise 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 in identifying Asbestos … so the PCBU, as discussed previously with handling or self-control over the workplace, have a duty to know, or relate, the health risks of revelation 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 peril registry to know if there’s any other hazards 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 hazardou to do so unless they’ve got the proper training and gear with them. They are not allowed to disturb suspected Asbestos containing textiles unless it’s affirmed safe by an Asbestos survey. Lastly, they’re not allowed to walk on super six ceilings. Those are the wavy roofs made from Asbestos, precisely, because it’s dangerou, it’s old and brittle. The normal lifespan of an Asbestos roof should be between 50 and 60 times. Most of them have far exceeded their usable lifespan in New Zealand previously, so that’s why they are old and brittle.Why should we know about Asbestos? The health facet of it is that there are 170 craftsmen dying in New Zealand each 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 horrendou 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 punishments is not negligible. For each breach of the law … $50,000 penalty to the PCBU and $10,000 to the individual, and you cannot insure against that. Where do you find Asbestos? It’s in the plaster on the walls, it’s fire retardant factors, storey and wall vinyls .. you know these old vinyls from the seventies … the nice chocolate-brown ones. When you peel them and there’s a paper backing, or a white-hot backing, that’s usually 100% Chrysotile Asbestos.Insulation and hose leggings … very dangerous substance. They used to use it in the older houses, peculiarly fire station, class, public situates … where they had a boiler room and the sea to be running pipes to heat the registers on each flooring, and those hoses were covered in Asbestos lagging. It was unadulterated Asbestos, often Amosite … very dangerous. In groundworks and fencing, torrent water paraphernalium, quantities of it extremely older builds, bigger constructs. They have big-hearted gutters, some internal, some external … you’ll understand them, all Asbestos. Plant and equipment … I would say that gaskets are a big one but likewise brake pads on filches machines in your construct … emphatically Asbestos. In the soil, illegal dumping or even previous people that broke down the building … Didn’t clean it up properly and adulterated the grunge. Oven door closes, you know that white rope, in hearth soothes as well, also contains Asbestos. The older meander electrical cable, especially on stoves and kettles, contains Asbestos. The plaster sheathing for soffits, the walls, ceilings, ceiling tiles, peculiarly the ones to those used little opens taught in them. Not the uniform gaps that are smaller and bigger … of a certain area … they all contain Asbestos. Gaskets and closes, Bituminous commodities, for waterproofing on ceilings. Very common, everybody. Electrical switch timbers, the backboards. Frequently there would even be a name on it which would be Asbestos or one of those names 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 structures. Now there were some unexpected regions that you could find Asbestos as well. It used to be used in wine to clarify the finish … Whatever that necessitates. 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 factor in gas concealments 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 chipped an electrical cable and there’s talcum powder in the cable. That also contains Asbestos … mark sums but it’s still there. Modern crayons and modeling clay, “ve brought” from China … they don’t have the same prohibits as anywhere else. Christmas adornments … the imitation snow … don’t get much of it nowadays but if you; re researching your grandmother’s attic and you find a carton of imitation snowfall, just know it’s unadulterated Asbestos. Jewelry-making equipment … not much of it around but still there could be. Toothpaste … marvelous but there used to be a brand announced Aparna and that contained Asbestos. It’s inside bowling balls. Blue Asbestos was also very widely used as cigarette filters … So merely to compound their own problems … and companies are still paying litigations especially Kent. Dental crowns, until the’ 80 s, used to contain Asbestos as well. In light bulbs. Those large-hearted round hair dryers that you’re getting in parlours, they contain Asbestos as well, and glue for floor tiles. So it’s not only the vinyl that’s on the floor but the glue that pokes it to the floor contains Asbestos. Some buyers might not be a way of their responsibilities to have Asbestos management means and registers.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 Regulation. Prendos New Zealand is available with you the following. We do Asbestos Management or overhaul/ defeat the investigations and the preparation of the Asbestos Management Plans to accompany those. Third defendant monitoring and clearances for when Asbestos needs to be removed. It needs to be done … 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 sit … you can assume to be containing Asbestos. The difficulty 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 any aspect, until you actually know what it contains.So the PCBUs, opts for presumptive examinations shelve 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 excavation 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, in accordance with the laws, 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 satisfy set 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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