Asbestos Services

  • Asbestos Remediation
  • Asbestos Awareness and Training
  • Asbestos Management Surveys
  • Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys

 

Asbestos General

Asbestos is the name for a group of natural occurring mineral fibres which are strong and both heat and chemically resistant.  Due to these properties, asbestos was commonly used in the past as insulation and fire proofing. It was also used as a component in other building materials. There are three main types of asbestos found in Ireland – chrysotile (white asbestos), amosite (brown asbestos) and crocidolite (blue asbestos).

The risk associated with exposure to asbestos relates to the possibility that the fibres within the asbestos containing material (ACM) can become released into the air and are then inhaled. Breathing in air containing asbestos fibres can lead to asbestos-related diseases (mainly cancers of the chest and lungs). These diseases will not occur immediately and can take from 15 – 60 years to develop. Note that as long as asbestos is in good condition and there is no disturbance or damage to the ACM, it will not pose a risk to health as fibres will not be released.

It is now prohibited to use, re-use, sell or supply asbestos or asbestos containing materials or products. However products or materials containing asbestos, which were already installed or in service prior to the prohibition, may remain in place until they are disposed of or reach the end of their service life. As a result, there is still potential for exposure to asbestos in a variety of workplaces due to the large quantities of asbestos and ACM’s which were used in buildings in the past.

Asbestos surveys are essential and will help to identify locations and conditions of materials, in turn allowing for the planning, safe removal and disposal of the asbestos containing material.

 

Duties

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Exposure to Asbestos)(Amendment) Regulations, 2010 (S.I. No. 589 of 2010) and the HSA Guidance, Practical Guidelines on ACM Management and Abatement (2013)  places a legal duty on those parties responsible for maintaining and repairing the premises (owners, managing agents, employers, self-employed), to manage the risk from Asbestos.

In particular the duty holder must:

  • Take reasonable steps to find materials in premises likely to contain asbestos and check their condition.
  • Presume that materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence to the contrary.
  • Make a written record of the location and condition of asbestos and presumed asbestos containing materials (ACMs).  Keep this record up to date.
  • Assess the risk of anyone being exposed to these materials.
  • Prepare a plan to manage that risk and put it into effect.

Asbestos Management Surveys

All property owners and occupiers are therefore obliged by law to:

  • Take reasonable steps to determine the location/nature of asbestos-containing materials present in their property
  • Keep and maintain an up to date register of the location, condition, maintenance and removal of all asbestos materials
  • Manage all aspects of asbestos-containing materials which are to remain in place
  • Inform anyone who is likely to disturb or contact such materials about its location and condition.

The first act of a responsible property owner or occupier should therefore be to commission the preparation of a detailed asbestos survey, which records the location, extent, type, accessibility and surface treatment of all confirmed or suspected asbestos materials.

This type of survey requires specialist, experienced and competent staff with the knowledge to conduct the appropriate survey.

 

Asbestos Refurbishment & Demolition Surveys

HSA legislation dictates that prior to demolition or refurbishment works, an invasive survey of a building must be carried out to determine the exact nature and extent of any asbestos-containing materials.

Therefore, all persons responsible for the works will need to ensure the following:

  • Take reasonable steps to determine the location and nature of any asbestos-containing materials present
  • Keep and maintain an up to date register of the location, condition, maintenance and removal of all asbestos-containing materials on site
  • Manage all aspects of asbestos-containing materials which are to remain in place
  • Inform anyone – who is likely to disturb or come into contact with such material – about its location and condition

In addition, we offer advanced endoscope surveys of structures where it is important to minimise damage to the fabric of the building i.e. listed buildings etc. By using the latest fibre optic endoscope, we can reduce disruption and damage on site but still deliver accurate visibility to the client.

The first act of a responsible property owner or occupier should therefore be to commission the preparation of a detailed asbestos survey that records the location, extent, type, accessibility and surface treatment of all confirmed or suspected asbestos materials.

This type of survey requires specialist, experienced and competent staff with the knowledge to conduct the appropriate survey.

 

Asbestos Remediation

We operate a very strict environmental health and safety policy and have achieved the standards necessary to be granted ISO certification in three separate categories. Fehily Timoney and Company is certified to ISO 9001:2008 for quality management, 14001:2004 for environmental management and ISO 18001:2007 for occupational health and safety. Our partners, MDS Environmental Services Ltd. are certified to ISO standards 9001:2000 quality assurance and management, 14001:2004. They are also a full member of ACAD (Asbestos Control & Abatement Division).

This enables us to provide a competent and efficient service when carrying out asbestos abatement works, including environmental cleans, encapsulation and removal of asbestos-containing materials. We work closely alongside the HSA in order to constantly maintain and improve our safety performance and procedures. All asbestos removal projects are approached, regardless of scale, in a carefully controlled manner to the highest standards in accordance with HSA guidelines and current legislation.

With experience in the removal of asbestos across a varied range of market sectors, we are confident in providing a solution for all your remediation needs whilst maintaining the highest standards of workmanship.

All projects are carefully controlled by our in-house safety procedures and guidelines laid down and vetted by the HSA. With our dedicated, fully equipped and trained teams, we are able to provide an immediate, safe and cost effective solution to your asbestos remediation needs.

The services offered are:

  • Encapsulation
  • Any size Asbestos removal works
  • Production of individual plans of work
  • Multi needle ‘wet strip’ pressure units
  • Conveyance and deposits
  • Waste transport and disposal to registered sites
  • Asbestos Management Surveys
  • Refurbishment & Demolition Surveys

Asbestos Awareness Training

It would seem that the majority of people believe that asbestos is a material used to sheet roofs. Few are aware of the diverse number of uses that were once common for asbestos. This is not a problem for most people but for those who have to deal with the risks of asbestos containing materials it is essential that they have a good awareness.

HSA legislation places a duty on all employers to ensure that all any of their employees that come into contact with asbestos within the workplace must have had asbestos awareness training. This can be anyone from the office manager to the cleaning staff.

Our Asbestos Awareness Training takes the form of a 3 hour workshop and Q&A that can be held at your premises or our training facility and covers the following mandatory topics:

  • Properties of asbestos
  • Products that contain asbestos
  • Prevention of asbestos exposure
  • Safe work practices
  • Respiratory Protective Equipment
  • Emergency procedures
  • Decontamination procedures
  • Waste handling
  • Medical examination
  • Hygiene requirements
  • Control limits and air monitoring

We recommend group sizes of no more than 10 people but we are happy to be flexible. Our trainers are actively working in the asbestos industry and have experience of training procedures.

 

 

tanyaTanya Ruddy – Senior Scientist

Telephone: +353 (01) 6583500

Email: tanya.ruddy@nullftco.ie

 

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