Safe as­bestos re­moval by ATL Group meets new reg­u­la­tion re­quire­ments

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From North­land to the Bay of Plenty, ATL Group has been pro­vid­ing safe As­bestos re­moval so­lu­tions for the com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial sec­tors for over 30 years. And, if the need is there, the com­pany will take on in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial projects na­tion­wide as well as the Pa­cific Is­lands and Aus­tralia.

What­ever the project or prob­lem, states ATL, the com­pany is ca­pa­ble of engi­neer­ing a so­lu­tion. “Our man­age­ment team has ex­pe­ri­ence across the wider con­struc­tion and engi­neer­ing sec­tors and our part­ner­ships with other key con­trac­tors en­sures that we can tai­lor a so­lu­tion for any project. We reg­u­larly pro­vide ser­vices to clients in the fol­low­ing sec­tors: man­u­fac­tur­ing, marine in­dus­try, com­mer­cial prop­erty groups, ware­hous­ing and lo­gis­tics, in­fras­truc­ture and crit­i­cal ser­vices providers, de­fence, ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties, coun­cils and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, hos­pi­tals, rail­ways and lo­co­mo­tive oper­a­tors.”

Founded in 1982, ATL Group be­lieves it has es­tab­lished it­self as a lead­ing ex­pert in New Zealand in the safe re­moval and man­age­ment of as­bestos ma­te­ri­als, as well as hav­ing ex­per­tise at un­der­tak­ing de­mo­li­tion works in sen­si­tive en­vi­ron­ments.

ATL man­age­ment and teams come from as­bestos, con­struc­tion and engi­neer­ing back­grounds and that, com­bined with var­i­ous strate­gic part­ners, gives the com­pany the abil­ity to de­velop so­lu­tions for its cus­tomers that con­sider their wider needs and to pro­vide full end-toend so­lu­tions for as­bestos re­moval, de­mo­li­tion and re- build works.

ATL Group is a mem­ber of the New Zealand De­mo­li­tion and As­bestos As­so­ci­a­tion, sits on the As­bestos Sub- Com­mit­tee and is an ap­proved, ac­cred­ited ser­vices sup­pli­ers to many of New Zealand’s largest or­gan­i­sa­tions and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments.

WHAT IS AS­BESTOS?

As­bestos is a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring sil­i­cate min­eral, or more cor­rectly a group of min­er­als, that was and still is mined out of the ground. It was used very widely in build­ing ma­te­ri­als and engi­neer­ing ap­pli­ca­tions due to its de­sir­able phys­i­cal prop­er­ties of sound ab­sorp­tion, ten­sile strength, fire re­sis­tance, insulation prop­er­ties and re­sis­tance to chem­i­cal change/ dam­age. It is also very cheap. The most com­mon types of as­bestos used in ap­pli­ca­tions in New Zealand are Chrysotile (white as­bestos), Amosite ( brown as­bestos) and Cro­ci­do­lite ( blue as­bestos). As­bestos can be dis­cussed as “fri­able”, which means in a pow­der form or able to be crum­bled, pul­verised, or re­duced to a pow­der by hand pres­sure when dry, or “non-fri­able”, which means not fri­able, in which as­bestos fi­bres that have been bonded in ce­ment, bi­tu­men, plas­tic or other bond­ing ma­trixes. Non-fri­able as­bestos poses a neg­li­gi­ble risk, un­less it is dis­turbed by grind­ing, cut­ting or sand­ing.

WHEN WAS AS­BESTOS MOST COM­MONLY USED?

As­bestos was most com­monly used in ma­te­ri­als in New Zealand be­tween the early 1960’s and late 1980’s.

DOES NEW ZEALAND STILL IM­PORT AS­BESTOS?

Im­por­ta­tion of raw as­bestos is now banned. As­bestos can still be brought into New Zealand if it forms part of a fin­ished prod­uct. Be­cause New Zealand trades with other part­ners who still use as­bestos in their prod­ucts, we do oc­ca­sion­ally get ma­te­ri­als that still have as­bestos con­tent com­ing into New Zealand. Most com­monly, th­ese prod­ucts orig­i­nate from In­dia, China and South East Asia al­though other origins are also pos­si­ble.

WHERE CAN AS­BESTOS BE FOUND?

As­bestos can be found in many ap­pli­ca­tions across res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties, com­mer­cial prop­er­ties, in­dus­trial prop­er­ties, ve­hi­cles, plant and equip­ment. It is im­por­tant to note that even af­ter 35 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence we still find new ap­pli­ca­tions where as­bestos has been used. Most com­monly en­coun­tered as­bestos in­cludes: • Pipe lag­ging ma­te­ri­als. • As­bestos fi­bro­lite cladding and roof­ing ma­te­ri­als. • Lim­pet ap­plied pure as­bestos in pen­e­tra­tions, un­der roof­ing ma­te­rial

and on a va­ri­ety of other build­ing el­e­ments. • Gas­kets in ve­hi­cles, plant and equip­ment. • Vinyl floor­ing and floor­ing un­der­lay. • Tex­ture ceil­ing coat­ings. • Paints. • Wa­ter­proof­ing mem­branes. • Old mas­tic ma­te­ri­als. • Bi­tu­men floor­ing, roof­ing and bind­ing ma­te­ri­als. • Older plas­ter­boards.

WHY IS AS­BESTOS DAN­GER­OUS?

As­bestos is a fi­brous ma­te­rial that can break down to in­cred­i­bly small fi­bres. When as­bestos is dis­turbed, the larger fi­bres get bro­ken. Th­ese breaks cre­ate much smaller fi­bres that can be only mi­crons in size and are eas­ily car­ried in the air. When respired, th­ese lit­tle fi­bres, which can be hook or barb shaped, can go deep into the lungs and lodge in there. The hu­man body is not able to ab­sorb or dis­lodge th­ese fi­bres and over time they present a risk for As­besto­sis and Me­sothe­lioma.

I HAVE AS­BESTOS IN MY BUILD­ING. HOW WOR­RIED SHOULD I BE?

The mere pres­ence of as­bestos is not it­self nec­es­sar­ily a se­ri­ous cause for alarm. The t ype of as­bestos ma­te­rial and the con­di­tion that it is in plays a key role in whether the ma­te­rial poses no threat at all or an ex­treme threat. Some ma­te­ri­als con­tain a very small per­cent­age of as­bestos and what lit tle as­bestos there is can be well bound within the ma­trix of the ma­te­rial. Other ma­te­ri­als or ap­pli­ca­tion can have very high or pure as­bestos con­tent that is only very loosely bound to­gether. If the ma­te­rial is in good con­di­tion, is painted in an en­cap­su­lat­ing ma­te­rial or is not be­ing dis­turbed then it may ac­tu­ally pose very lit tle risk. Con­tact ATL Group to dis­cuss your sit­u­a­tion if you are con­cerned that you might be ex­posed to as­bestos.

I BE­LIEVE THAT I HAVE BEEN EX­POSED TO AS­BESTOS FI­BRE, WHAT DO I DO?

If you be­lieve that you have been ex­posed to as­bestos, it is best that you con­tact your trusted health care pro­fes­sional who will be able to talk through this with you.

You can also reg­is­ter your ex­po­sure with Work­safe NZ, which will pro­vide you and your health care pro­fes­sional with in­for­ma­tion on the ef­fects of ex­po­sure to as­bestos. This does not need to re­lated to paid work.

“I would like to thank you and your team for the fan­tas­tic ef­forts you have been put­ting in at St Bene­dict Street of late. You have been an out­stand­ing sub­con­trac­tor to deal with and we truly ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts you and your team have gone through, and we look for­ward to not only com­plet­ing this job with you but also us­ing you in the f uture with our on- go­ing cladding re­me­di­a­tion projects.” – James Cor­ric, Stan­ley Group

WHO CAN WORK WITH AS­BESTOS?

Most work in­volv­ing as­bestos is now pro­hib­ited by the HSWA As­bestos Reg­u­la­tions 2016. Some ex­emp­tions are per­mit­ted, in­clud­ing: main­te­nance and ser­vic­ing, trans­porta­tion and dis­posal, sam­pling and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Any of those ac­tiv­i­ties must be per­formed in ac­cor­dance with the reg­u­la­tions.

In or­der to re­move cer­tain types or quan­ti­ties of as­bestos, a PCBU (Per­son Con­duct­ing a Busi­ness or Un­der­tak­ing) must hold an As­bestos Re­moval Li­cence, is­sued by Work­safe NZ. A Class A Li­cence is re­quired to re­move any fri­able as­bestos, and a Class B Li­cence is re­quired to re­move more than 10 sqm of non-fri­able as­bestos, and the re­moval of any As­bestos Con­tam­i­nated Dust or De­bris (ACD) as­so­ci­ated with the re­moval of non-fri­able as­bestos.

No li­cence is re­quired to re­move less than 10 sqm of non-fri­able as­bestos, any ACD as­so­ci­ated with the re­moval of less than 10 sqm of non-fri­able as­bestos or mi­nor as­bestos con­tam­i­na­tion.

WHAT SAFETY EQUIP­MENT SHOULD BE USED WHEN HAN­DLING OR WORK­ING ON AS­BESTOS?

Any­one en­ter­ing an as­bestos con­tam­i­nated en­vi­ron­ment or work­ing with as­bestos in any way needs to wear the fol­low­ing per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment as a min­i­mum: • Half face par­tic­u­late res­pi­ra­tor with a P2 Fil­ter. • Type 5 – Cat­e­gory 3 Dis­pos­able over­alls. • Im­per­me­able boots that can be wet wiped clean.

HOW DO I KNOW THAT ATL WILL CON­TROL ANY AS­BESTOS FI­BRE DIS­TURBED DUR­ING MAN­AGE­MENT OR RE­MOVAL WORKS?

On any project whether a small res­i­den­tial project or a large in­dus­trial or com­mer­cial site, a pri­mary fo­cus of the com­pany’s work plan­ning is how it will put in place con­trols that en­sure that ATL does not cre­ate any ad­di­tional con­tam­i­na­tion out­side of the im­me­di­ate work area, how it will en­sure that the work area is de­con­tam­i­nated once re­moval work is com­plete and how it will safely man­age the dis­posal of all as­bestos waste.

WHAT EV­I­DENCE WILL I HAVE ONCE YOU HAVE COM­PLETED THE WORK THAT THE AREA IS AC­TU­ALLY SAFE FROM AS­BESTOS FI­BRE?

All li­censed as­bestos re­moval jobs must have clear­ance con­ducted by an in­de­pen­dent li­cenced as­bestos asses­sor, or an in­de­pen­dent com­pe­tent per­son. The clear­ance will in­clude a thor­ough vis­ual in­spec­tion and may in­clude sur­face test­ing and air mon­i­tor­ing. A writ­ten Clear­ance Cer­tifi­cate, which states that there is no risk from as­bestos fi­bres, must be sup­plied to you be­fore the area is handed back to you for re­oc­cu­pa­tion.

HOW DO I KNOW THAT ATL GROUP WILL DO THE JOB SAFELY AND PROP­ERLY?

ATL Group has very strict pro­ce­dures and health and safety man­age­ment. This is to keep both clients and ATL staff safe when work­ing with as­bestos or any other haz­ardous ma­te­rial. ATL is fully in­sured, No­tify all As­bestos Re­moval and Par­tic­u­larly Haz­ardous Work with Work­Safe NZ, and all projects are run by a trained Site Man­ager suit­ably com­pe­tent for the project to which they are tasked. ATL Group prom­ises it is un­com­pro­mis­ing on de­liv­er­ing projects with pro­ce­dural ex­cel­lence. “It is our com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence in pro­ce­dures and man­ag­ing risk through health and safety plan­ning that has al­lowed us to de­velop such a re­spectable list of high pro­file clients.”

HOW DO I KNOW THAT ATL GROUP IS LOOK­ING AF­TER THE EN­VI­RON­MENT AND DIS­POS­ING OF AS­BESTOS WASTE PROP­ERLY?

ATL has a fully au­ditable waste dis­posal process. All waste is dis­posed of only at ap­proved dis­posal sites where de­posits are fully recorded. The com­pany main­tains a reg­is­ter of all de­liv­er­ies and dis­pos­als of as­bestos ma­te­ri­als and en­cour­ages clients to ask it to ex­plain to them how it en­sures that all waste it man­ages is re­spon­si­bly dis­posed of be­fore it com­mences any project.

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