Asbestos removal can be an extremely challenging and daunting project for even the most acute team member. Working with OHMS Asbestos can help you lessen the risk both from a commercial perspective and in terms of health and safety.
Due to our experience working within the asbestos industry we have developed a tailored management solution to independently deliver on all aspects of asbestos removal. We have acquired relationships with an approved list of contractors with the relevant licenses required to deliver all the necessary services for an asbestos removal project.
Our consultants can develop in conjunction with the client, specific scopes of work (SOW) tailored to the working environment and relevant stakeholders. The benefits of us managing the process is that we can demonstrate value for money by creating a competitive tendering process which in turn allows for comparative analysis. We will then provide full on-site supervision from start to finish of the removal works.
Our consultants hold or are working towards the internationally recognised BOHS proficiency module P403 ‘Asbestos Fibre Counting’ and P404 ‘Air Sampling of Asbestos and MMF and Requirements for a Certificate of Reoccupation Following Clearance of Asbestos’
Technical Scope of Works
As part of any asbestos removal project it is important to ensure that the scope of works is developed by a competent person. Legislation puts a great deal of onus on the property owner or person in control to develop a technical scope or works. However typically the expertise to do so is lacking and subsequently the asbestos report is provided to the licensed contractor to provide a price from. This can lead to significant variances in the received proposals due to each contractor interpreting the survey results differently.
When you engage OHMS Asbestos to assist in developing a specification, after working with you to determine your needs, we will undertake a site inspection with suitably licensed contractors from an approved list. Often this will be a staged visit so that the contractors can view the work area and OHMS Asbestos can discuss the works in hand to receive input on the most suitable methodology to adopt.
From this site visit OHMS Asbestos will produce a written scope of works detailing how the asbestos material is to be removed and the timeframe for completion. Logistics for the project will be taken into account following discussions with the client and also documented. Any limitations for the project will be identified up front and communicated providing the opportunity in advance for contingencies. Finally, any reinstatement that is required will be determined and can also be actioned into the scope.
Upon receipt of the competitive quotations / tenders received from the development of the technical Scope of works, OHMS Asbestos will conduct a review of the documents received to ascertain suitability. Elements including the ability to show an understanding of the required works are considered, combined with the contractor’s prior experience with related works.
In addition to this the contractors submitted costs and suggested timescales are reviewed to ascertain value. After considering all these elements a recommendation is provided for the most suitable contractor for the works.
As part of the ongoing service that OHMS Asbestos provides in relation to asbestos removal and remediation, we assist in all aspects of managing the project. This includes liaison with the client and required contractors to establish and program timescales for the works.
Advice on relevant stakeholders to be notified of the works are provided and an awareness session can be delivered if circumstances dictate. Asbestos removal can require notification to the relevant governing agency and differs across States. OHMS Asbestos will ensure the requirements are met in order to meet with legislative duty.
After asbestos has been removed there is a further stage in the process that is required and is often neglected due to the availability of the sites asbestos register. When OHMS Asbestos are engaged to partner with our clients in the management of asbestos, we will ensure the register is updated following the remediation works. This ensures the validity and robustness of the register is kept live for future site works.
When asbestos remediation is undertaken OHMS Asbestos can supply a consultant to be stationed on site to undertake all facets of the inspections and testing as required by legislation. Providing a dedicated resource to conduct activities such as background, control, reassurance and exposure asbestos fibre air monitoring and logging of site duties during the remediation process assists in ensuring the appropriate control measures have been implemented.
If a containment system is being implemented, the smoke integrity test prior to works commencing and the clearance inspection as part of the final aspect of all remediation will also be managed onsite by our consultant.
Asbestos Removal Control Plan development and Review
Whenever an asbestos removal project is undertaken, irrespective of the size and complexity of the job, the licensed asbestos removalist or suitable contractor undertaking the works is required to provide an Asbestos Removal Control Plan (ARCP).
The ARCP should be project specific and provide sufficient detail on the work methodology and controls as prescribed by legislation (Code of Practice). OHMS Asbestos can aid in the development of a site specific ARCP using our in house template. Upon engagement OHMS will review the scope of works, meet with the client to understand site requirements, and incorporate our emergency response procedure. Companies who are looking to further develop their asbestos removal capabilities, tender for projects and panels beyond their current standard or apply for unrestricted licenses will benefit from the expertise we offer in this area.
For unrestricted license holders conducting friable works OHMS can also create detailed site plans based on industry best practice, showing suitable placement of equipment (negative pressure units, airlocks and decontamination units), exclusions zones, work flow and hygiene controls.
Alternatively, OHMS can undertake a review of your company’s ARCP to ensure the documentation and content is both accurate and suitable for the task at hand. OHMS Asbestos can also review the required notification for licensed asbestos work to the regulators to ensure its completeness and suitability prior to submission.
We aim to mentor and train our clients to achieve the best possible result for the client and the safest working environment for workers.
Smoke Integrity Test
Most asbestos removal is likely to generate airborne asbestos fibres however in circumstances such as when friable material is to be removed, so far as is reasonably practicable, the asbestos removal work area should be enclosed to eliminate the release of fibres.
Typically, the use of negative air pressure units will also be applied. In order to ensure the integrity of the work area and prevent the risk of asbestos fibres escaping to the environment a smoke test is undertaken. This is where the work area is filled with smoke and breaches are identified and sealed prior to the work area becoming a live asbestos work area.
OHMS Asbestos consultants are trained to be able to supervise this element of the project and will provide independent inspection and certification in line with the relevant Codes of Practice.
asbestos removal contractor audits
OHMS can undertake Asbestos Removal Contractor Audits (ARCA) which includes a site inspection for review of documentation and work practises. The audits help support our clients’ business performance by promoting high professional standards and on-the-job training for contractors and their employees of all levels. As part of our service we offer both planned and unannounced site audits.
Unannounced audits operate on the premise that office and site staff are not informed of the pending audit which creates a clear indication of day-to-day operating standards. The process works by informing OHMS of all asbestos removal works throughout a set time period, allowing OHMS to choose which sites to attend. We aim to make the audit an informative session giving understanding of operational processes and helpful feedback. This helps maintain a strong level of reassurance of onsite performance.
OHMS intention is to ensure our audit scheme is widely acknowledged within the licensed asbestos industry as promoting best practice. The provision of third-party audits to Worksafe when re-applying for license renewal will help show willingness to exceed industry standards.
Our site audits are carried out electronically and are developed to follow a strict regulatory audit criteria. Immediately after completion of the site audit OHMS provides the Audit Score to the company, followed by the Audit Report and Corrective Action Report detailing any non-conformities. These reports are made available after the site audit is completed, with improvements highlighted in priority so a member can take action in a timely manner.