Naturally Occurring Asbestos
Fibrous Minerals also known as Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) is present throughout Australia.
Naturally occurring asbestos can be:
- white (chrysotile)
- brown (actinolite, amosite)
- blue (anthophyllite, crocidolite)
Numerous mining operations routinely impact and disturb these and as such they need to be characterised, assessed and managed. OHMS Asbestos can provide advice and in some instances asbestos air monitoring to help assess and manage these occurrences across mining locations for our clients.
A FMMP usually only relates to contaminant asbestos and not asbestos containing materials (ACM) found in buildings. In WA this is defined in the Mine Safety Inspection Regulations 1995.
The purpose of the FMMP is to evaluate the hazard associated with fibrous minerals in the workplace and standardise procedures and appropriate controls that will prevent workplace exposure to harmful levels of naturally occurring fibrous minerals.