UES Asbestos

Asbestos Remediation

To eliminate risks to your family or employees, it is crucial to seek professional help as soon as possible. Unlimited Environmental Solutions (UES) is a trusted asbestos advisor delivering top quality hazardous materials management, property decontamination and asbestos remediation services to an increasing number of corporate and private clients all over New Zealand. Our certified experts will help you identify, manage and remove any potential risks to ensure your living and working safety.

UES Asbestos Remediation Services

UES offer a comprehensive package of asbestos remediation services to help you safeguard your living or working environment, and comply with legal legislation. Whether you require just a basic consultation, help on any stage of project planning and implementation, or a full project support, we are ready to help. We deliver:

  • Consultation, planning, technical support and project management
  • Preliminary and detailed site investigation
  • Asbestos surveys: sampling and analysis
  • Comprehensive buildings and site hazard assessment
  • Evaluating potential environmental and health risks
  • Determining the safest and feasible intervention methods
  • Defining scope of work and project costs
  • Designing and implementing Sustainable Asbestos Abatement Program
  • Developing health and safety and emergency policies, plans and procedures
  • Performing site preparation, cleanup, decontamination, green remediation and safe waste utilization activities
  • Monitoring of air quality and health surveillance
  • Handling, storage, labelling, transportation and disposal of hazardous wastes
  • Implementing clearance and verification procedures
  • Producing Clearance Confirmation, Site Management and Validation Reports
  • Delivering professional training in asbestos awareness for workers and industry players

Who is at risk?

People living in buildings constructed, altered or refurbished before year 2000 are at risk, as they usually contain asbestos and/or asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). Another major risk group includes workers exposed to high asbestos dose rates over long periods of time during construction, repair, excavation, site preparation and demolition.

Asbestos Management Methods

The specific method chosen to isolate, eliminate, or minimise asbestos exposure will largely define the scope, time and costs of the entire abatement process. When selecting an appropriate option, the property asbestos history, level and extent of contamination, occupancy, access, immediate and long term benefits, risks and costs must be considered.

  • Asbestos removal

    implies complete removal of asbestos or ACM from building. This is the safest option, as the hazard is permanently eliminated, however it is not always advised, as it requires a lot of time and finances, disrupts the building residents and increases immediate risk of exposure and further contamination.

  • Encapsulation

    involves coating ACM with a product that penetrates and hardens the material containing asbestos dust. This is a fast and cost-effective method for cases when the area of asbestos is not very large and asbestos removal appears not feasible or too complex.

  • Sealing

    a protective coating is applied over ACM creating an impermeable seal for the asbestos leaving the asbestos visible for further assessment. This method is advised if the building has a short life expectancy.

  • Enclosure

    a barrier is constructed between ACM and the surrounding environment. This method is applied when removal of asbestos is extremely difficult and requires implementing special precautions, access restrictions and ongoing maintenance of enclosure.

  • Deferral

    does not require any immediate actions or investments apart from ongoing assessment and monitoring. This option is applicable if asbestos is already stable, fully contained and inaccessible, thus the risk of exposure is considered negligible.

Send us details of your project requirements, and our team of experienced asbestos surveyors, analysts, assessors and managers will give you competent advice, consultation and initial cost estimation for your asbestos remediation.

What you need to know

Asbestos and asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) have been widely used within a wide range of materials for construction, cladding and insulation of offices, factories and houses. Due to its special properties such as chemical and thermal stability, and high tensile strength, it was also included in various industrial and household products. However, recently asbestos has been proven to cause severe diseases and cancers, and is now considered a serious health hazard. Asbestos must be strictly managed and isolated to ensure it does not come in contact with property residents, workers or general public.

Health threat

All forms of asbestos are classified as dangerous and carcinogenic. Inhaling airborne asbestos fine fibres may cause permanent lung damage, pleural plaques, asbestosis, cancerous lung tumors and mesothelioma. The health risks increase with the number of fibres, frequency and long period of exposure. The disease may get worse long after the exposure, and can remain latent for up to 20 years before first symptoms appear, usually followed by death within the next 3 years.

Legal obligation

If you plan any projects that may imply asbestos exposure, it is your legal duty to take precautions and full responsibility for asbestos management control. According to Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016, companies implementing projects involving asbestos must:

  • Identify the presence and location of asbestos at workplace
  • Analyse samples, evaluate, manage, document and register risks
  • Identify and remove asbestos before demolition and refurbishment
  • Prepare and review asbestos management plan and asbestos removal control plan
  • Train workers about asbestos and provide health monitoring
  • Inform property occupants, employees and contractors of the health hazards
  • Ensure minimum exposure to asbestos contaminants including inhalation, ingestion or skin contact
  • Avoid further contamination, control proper disposal of asbestos waste and contaminated equipment.
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