Asbestos assessment and air monitoring are required during all friable (Class A) asbestos removal and for non-friable asbestos removal where a risk assessment indicates that airborne asbestos fibres may result from the removal activity. This unit of competency Conduct Asbestos Assessment Associated with Removal – e NZ Unit Standard 26768.
This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to assess the removal process for friable and non-friable asbestos containing material (ACM).
- plan for assessment process of asbestos removal
- prepare to collect site measurements and other data
- use measuring devices to collect site information and data
- complete the monitoring process; and
- evaluate and document results of the monitoring process according to accredited laboratory requirements
- be able to understand the scope of asbestos assessment work by undertaking a thorough review of the removal methodology.
- be able to confirm by means of on-site inspections that removal has been undertaken in line with the methodology.
- understand the risks/hazards associated with asbestos removal work, and to ensure that appropriate safety measures are in place – specifically in regard to cleanliness and decontamination.
- be able to verify that work has been completed by means of thorough visual inspections and air testing within work areas.
- understand the importance of communicating any findings and observations, and how to document these appropriately.
- have an understanding of the limitations of the method, common issues that can arise and potential conflicts of interest.