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    Science of Safety Podcast: Episode 14.

    November 08, 2018
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    Science of Safety Podcast.

    Episode 14:
    Asbestos - Asbestos Removal.

    Science of Safety Podcast.

    Episode 14:
    Asbestos - Asbestos Removal.

    Science of Safety Podcast.

    Episode 14:
    Asbestos - Asbestos Removal.

        

    In this episode last week’s guest Jason Wall, the Acting State Inspector within the Asbestos and Demolition Unit of the Construction Team in SafeWork NSW, returns to impart his wisdom about asbestos removal with host Mark Reggers.

    Asbestos is an umbrella term for a group of fibrous silicate minerals found abundantly in nature. In the past, it was widely used in commercial applications and construction because its length and strength make it very heat resistant, great at insulating surfaces and easy to weave within other materials and products. Repeated and long-term exposure to asbestos has been directly linked to lung cancer, mesothelioma and other pulmonary issues. There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres, it’s critical that you learn about the dangers of asbestos, where it can be found and how to manage it safely.

    NOTE: The specific legislative requirements vary slightly between the states, territories and countries in Australia & New Zealand, so be sure to check your specific legislative requirements to ensure you are meeting your obligations.

        

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    Guest Bio:

    Jason Wall (pictured left with host Mark Reggers) is currently the Acting State Inspector within the Asbestos and Demolition Unit of the Construction Team in SafeWork NSW. Jason has worked for SafeWork NSW for 11 years, working predominately in the Asbestos & Demolition unit, with many recent years’ experience in a policy role.

    Jason has worked as an Inspector on the coal face attending asbestos & demolition complaints and incident investigations. His previous background has included working for the NSW Police Force in investigative roles and more than 10 years’ experience in the Construction Industry.

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    In this episode, Mark & Jason discuss the following:

        

    • I am planning to undertake a refurbishment in an area which has asbestos containing materials. What do I need to know or what steps do I take to have this removed?
    • Where do licensed asbestos assessors come into the scenario?
    • Are there specific responsibilities that a licensed asbestos removalist has that the PCBU should be checking is in place?
    • What types of things should someone expect to see in place when asbestos containing materials are being removed?
    • Removal of less than 10sqm of non-friable asbestos without a license.
    • How often can less than 10sqm be removed?
    • If you had any key takeaways or points for our listeners regarding asbestos removal what would they be?
    • Where can workplaces and homeowners get more information about asbestos removal requirements?

    Asbestos removal can be a dangerous and complicated process. Asbestos containing materials that are damaged, weathered or disturbed pose a potential health risk, it is recommended that you use a licensed asbestos removalist. Tune in and find out what you need to know about asbestos removal to protect your health and the well-being of those around you.

      

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    Contact a 3M Safety Specialist at scienceofsafetyanz@mmm.com for more information