HAZMAT and Hazardous Materials Assessment
AEHS are able to support clients with a range of HAZMAT services including:
- Air Monitoring
- Sample Testing
- Coordination & Liason
- Soil – Asbestos in Soil
- Clearance Certification
Our clients include:
- Real estate and development Organisations
- Demolition Companies
- Public health organisations
- Business and Industry etc
What is HAZMAT
HAZMAT is an abbreviation for “hazardous materials”
Legislation requires that substances in quantities or forms that may pose a reasonable risk to health, property, or the environment are identified and controlled and the results are communicated to those that may be affected by them
HAZMATs include such substances as, heavy metals, hazardous paints toxic chemicals, fuels, and biological, chemical, and radiological materials etc
These materials may be released as liquids, solids, gases, or a combination or form of all three, including dust, fumes, gas, vapour, mist, and smoke when construction, demolition, refurbishment, damage or disintegration occurs.
Many products containing hazardous chemicals are used and stored in homes, factories, facilities including medical, storage and processing industries.
What is a HAZMAT Survey
The purpose of the HAZMAT Survey is to identify hazardous materials on the property before the construction project begins so workers onsite are adequately informed of the hazards present and therefore can implement appropriate safety precautions such as wearing personal protection equipment (PPE).
As the homeowner, property owner, employer, property management group and/or general contractor you have the responsibility or “due diligence” to provide and maintain a safe working environment for all workers because you are the owner of and responsible for any hazards that may exist. Being unaware of hazards, especially without looking (not showing due diligence) or being negligent of the law is never a defensible excuse.
HAZMAT Surveys include the following reporting criteria:
- Heavy Metals
- Radioactive Materials
- Ozone Depleting Substance
- Biological Hazards
- Flammables or Explosives
A HAZMAT Survey generally includes sampling for asbestos and lead paint. Other criteria are visually assessed and those observations are noted in the report along with sample results. Most often older homes have a higher potential of containing hazards than a home built yesterday and more emphasis is put on inspecting older homes but the rules and penalties are just the same for any property.
Contact Us for more information
+61 3 9484 0086
77 Newman St, Thornbury
PO Box 350, Northcote, 3070