Removed Asbestos? You need an Asbestos Clearance Inspection
With the introduction of the recent Safe Work Australia model Workplace Health and Safety regulations, an Asbestos Clearance Inspection is required after the removal of friable and non-friable (bonded) asbestos.
Asbestos clearance certificates are provided by an independent occupational hygienist or licenced asbestos assessor after the asbestos removalist have completed their work. This is to ensure that the area is visually free of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) and that it is unlikely there will be asbestos fibres in the air.
The asbestos clearance inspection may include the following verification methods to ensure that the area is relatively asbestos free. These methods include:
- Visual clearance inspection
- Asbestos air monitoring.
The clearance certificate will then be provided once clearance air monitoring results are below 0.01 f/ml and/or there are no visual clues that asbestos remains.
When is the Asbestos Clearance Certificate Issued?
An Asbestos Clearance Certificate can then be issued upon satisfactory visual inspection and asbestos air monitoring (if required and that the airborne concentration was measured to be < 0.01 asbestos fibres/ml.). People may enter the asbestos removal area only after an Asbestos Clearance Certificate has been issued by the occupational hygienist or asbestos assessor.
In many instances local councils require asbestos clearance inspections by an occupational hygienist or qualified asbestos assessor. The accompanying asbestos clearance certificate is to provide evidence that the site is safe to nearby residents and the public as part of councils development consent or as a condition of the construction certificate.