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Asbestos and Hazardous Risk Assessment Audits: Why Are They Important in Every Demolition Job?

March 25, 2019

Since there can be dangerous materials lurking in any building that needs demolishing, it is important that asbestos and hazardous risk assessment audits are a part of every demolition project. These audits uncover any material that may require special techniques and equipment to remove it properly prior to the start of demolition. Also, materials that fit this description call for specific disposal methods when removal is necessary.

Identify and Locate Hazardous Materials with Risk Assessment Audits

The only way to discover what hazardous materials are in a building is through an audit. Many of these materials are hidden from view but are within the walls and ceilings. In addition, an audit helps to determine the condition of these materials. Depending upon the type of demolition that your building calls for, these materials may be disturbed in the wrong way without performing the analysis of the audits.

Materials That These Audits Will Identify

Asbestos and hazardous risk assessment audits can identify more than just asbestos during their process. They also can identify lead and lead-based paints, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, synthetic mineral fibre or SMF and biological hazards.

Audits Allow the Demolition Company to Formulate the Ideal Plan to Deal with All Hazardous Materials

Once the audits are complete, the demolition company can form a plan to control the asbestos or other hazardous materials in the correct fashion for the project. All audits linked with a demolition must comply with WHS or OHS regulations, and the Australian Standard of ‘Demolition of Structures’.

Benefits of Performing These Audits

• Identifies any asbestos or other hazardous materials that are present in the building
• Determines the risks that the hazardous materials pose
• Allows the enactment of control measures to manage the above risks in the proper fashion
• The demolition company can provide an accurate quote for demolishing the building once it performs the audit

Dangers Linked With Asbestos and Other Hazardous Materials

Not only can these materials cause respiratory and other health issues in humans, but they also can be toxic to the soil, groundwater and wildlife. We point this fact out to you to reiterate the importance of conducting the risk assessment audits to locate these elements prior to a demolition being performed on your building.

For additional information about asbestos and hazardous risk assessment audits and why they are important prior to all demolitions, consult with Simcat Demolitions. We specialise in all sizes of demolitions and related services along with asbestos removal and disposal. Also, we guarantee quality results with each project that we undertake.

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