Health risks from asbestos arise when asbestos fibres are released into the air and inhaled. The more asbestos fibres inhaled, the greater the risk to health. Asbestos air testing is a direct way to assess the release risk both for regular HSE management purpose or during asbestos removal process to verify the clearance.
When asbestos is detected, air testing is used as one tool to help provide a more complete assessment of the ambient conditions. It should always be written into asbestos management requirements or regulations, such as MSC.1-Circ.1045 Guidelines for maintenance and monitoring of on-board materials containing asbestos or UK’s Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, etc.
During removal process, air testing is an important way to verify if and when the removal area meets the requisite reoccupation standard.
If you are thinking about commissioning a company to undertake some asbestos testing, then here is some useful information you should know before issuing that order.
Most of the egulations concerning asbestos, especially those relevant to the maritime industry, require that laboratories undertaking asbestos analysis meet the required standards set out under ISO 17025.
In the maritime industry, except for accreditation of ISO 17025, some class societies such as, DNV-GL, LR and CCS also conduct an approval scheme for qualified hazardous material testing service provider.
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This form of air testing is used in order to evaluate asbestos exposure to your employees. It can be used in the following circumstances:
This form of air testing is generally conducted when you require evidence or a check that fibre levels in the air are below the recommended level. This is usually carried when you have minor remedial works undertaken or when accidental damage has occurred to asbestos materials within your property. It can also be used as part of an overall monitoring strategy to manage asbestos-related risks.
This form of air testing is used to measure the airborne fibre concentration outside a live asbestos removal enclosure at your premises in order to determine whether the integrity of the enclosure is being maintained and that that control measures are adequate. Leakage air testing is used to support an initial smoke test and the frequent thorough visual inspections of an enclosure during removal work.
This form of air testing is generally used to measure airborne fibre concentration following asbestos removal works to confirm that the residual asbestos fibre concentrations are <0.01 f/cm³.
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