If your building was constructed prior to 1990 it is highly likely to contain asbestos in some form. Asbestos is the single biggest cause of deaths from work-related disease. On average, about 170 people die each year from asbestos-related diseases. Breathing in airborne asbestos fibres is a serious risk to health – once the fibres are breathed in, they lodge in the lungs and may cause asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma. WorkSafe has released guidance for managing and removing asbestos in the workplace, the first of its kind in New Zealand. The Approved Code of Practice for the Management and Removal of Asbestos will help contribute to WorkSafe’s target of a 50% reduction in asbestos-related disease by 2040.
Advanced Asbestos Removal is experienced in working across all types of commercial and industrial settings providing consultancy, project management and decontamination services. Carrying $10m public liability insurance, we are committed to working in partnership with other contractors, government departments and other industry professionals to provide the best solution for your project.
We are reputed for safeguarding businesses in meeting their responsibilities under the new Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 and the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016. Employers are required to take all practicable steps to have any substance thought to be asbestos appropriately tested and made safe. Under the former laws, an employer was fined $40,000 in December 2014 for failing to have textured ceilings tested for asbestos prior to their removal. See Media Release
The removal of asbestos in any form is classified as Restricted and Notifiable Work. Employers are required to notify Worksafe NZ and employ approved contractors in all asbestos removal work. See Worksafe NZ Asbestos Factsheets