Earlier this month, Christchurch played prestigious host to the country’s fifth Contaminated Land Conference. An inaugural event for the city, it brought together local and international speakers across the industry and saw hundreds of professionals descend on Christchurch.
It’s a timely event for New Zealand, which has just ushered in new guidelines for assessing and managing asbestos in soil, and follows on from the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016, which came into force on 4 April 2016, MBC co-owner Mark Hamilton says.
“This is a fantastic new development for the industry, both from a legislative point of view and a practical on the ground perspective,” he says.
“We’ve been working in limbo. While there’s been Western Australian guidelines used as a proxy here in New Zealand, now we finally have our own standards that are applicable to us.”
The New Zealand Guidelines for Assessing and Managing Asbestos in Soil takes New Zealand industry step by step through the process of identifying, assessing and managing asbestos in soil, providing a practical approach specific to our soils, climate, lifestyle, history and regulations.
Locally owned by Mark Hamilton and Felicity Drennan, MBC is a Licenced Asbestos Removalist, but offers a full suite of environmental management services, including asbestos and mould removal, chemical decontamination, contaminated land remediation, erosion and sediment control.
For further information on asbestos or mould removal, any of MBC’s other environmental services, or to get a free quote, visit www.mbc.co.nz, phone 03-354 4377.
If you own, manage or occupy a building that’s a workplace, you should be up to speed with some regulations that will affect you. On Wednesday 4 April, 2018, important sections of the Health & Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations came in to force. There has been a two-year grace period to get organised and the deadline is now here.
What does this mean for you? In short, if you know (or ought to know!) that asbestos is likely to be present in your building, you need to be actively managing it. You should be well on your way to preparing an Asbestos Management Plan by now.
This important document outlines where asbestos is and how it will be managed. It must include information about the location, how you will manage associated risks, what procedures you’ll follow if you need to disturb it, how you record incidents and emergencies relating to it and a timetable for activities, such as regular reviews.
Anyone undertaking maintenance or repairs in your workplace should be asking for a copy of your Asbestos Management Plan, prior to commencing works, to ensure they don’t expose themselves or others to asbestos.
WorkSafe has produced some great guidance on the new requirements. Check out their website for more information. Ignorance will no longer be accepted as an excuse for not actively managing New Zealand’s number one workplace killer: asbestos exposure. Be proactive and don’t get caught out.
Encompassing the surroundings and conditions in which we live and work, our environments are some of the most important considerations when it comes to our overall health and wellness.
Mould and asbestos are two of the most common environmental hazards, ones which we are all too familiar with on a local level as our city rebuilds, from the ground up.
However, it is comforting to know that locally owned firm MBC has the experience and know how to make your home asbestos and mould free.
Owned by Mark Hamilton and Felicity Drennan, MBC specialises in a wide range of tasks that cater specifically to managing the environment, which sometimes is no easy task.
A Licenced Asbestos Removalist, MBC is able to undertake any asbestos removal project, large or small. With years of experience in public, commercial and residential sectors, no job is too much for the team.
With a strong record of providing successful mould removal, MBC can also provide a simple clean through to a complete strip out, with competitive rates combined with superior workmanship.
Asbestos and mould removal services are complemented by chemical decontamination, contaminated land remediation, erosion and sediment control.
For further information on asbestos or mould removal, any of MBC’s other environmental services, or to get a free quote, visit www.mbc.co.nz or phone 03-354 4377.