“EIAG is proud to announce that we have commenced operations in Wellington, New Zealand. The capital and surrounding areas are home to large amounts of historical buildings from a wide range of architectural movements across it’s more than 150 year history. The iconic buildings within Wellington are predominantly from the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, Interwar, Post-war and Modern eras. These styles are what help make Wellington stand out as a unique city. However, during Wellington’s past periods of expansion, asbestos was widely used in many products and applications for fire protection, insulation, and other uses.
As the predominant workplace hazard in Zealand with around 170 people dying to Asbestos exposure per year, the minimisation of preventable asbestos related diseases and death has been at the forefront for Worksafe to address in the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 and the ACOP: MANAGEMENT AND REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS.
Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 state that: “(1) A PCBU with management or control of a workplace must ensure that—
- exposure of a person at the workplace to airborne asbestos is eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable; and
- if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate exposure to airborne asbestos, exposure is minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.”
The most important steps in minimising risk of asbestos exposure is locating the area of contamination, identifying positive samples through laboratory analysis and managing through asbestos removal, encapsulation or isolation. This is achieved through an asbestos management survey or asbestos demolition / refurbishment survey.
EIAG and staff have been heavily involved in supporting the Christchurch rebuild since 2013 and have vast knowledge and experience regarding asbestos and other hazardous materials and the steps required to minimise risk of exposure to workers and/or occupants.
If you require any further information, please contact us at EIAG. We look forward to working with you in helping make New Zealand’s homes and work places safe and healthy environments.”