Envirocare Technical Consultancy Ltd
Envirocare is an independent, MCERTS and UKAS accredited stack emission monitoring consultancy which provides air monitoring and occupational hygiene and safety services throughout the UK and the rest of the world. Our well qualified, professional consultants deliver a high quality service with practical and proven solutions to ensure our industrial clients are compliant with current Environmental and H&S legislation. Our Environmental Services include - MCERTS air emission monitoring; validation of Continuous Emission Monitors to BS EN 14181; pollution abatement; ambient air monitoring; optimisation of combustion processes and environmental consultancy (audits and carbon footprint). Our Occupational Hygiene and Safety Services include - UKAS accredited dust and fume monitoring; UKAS accredited noise monitoring; COSHH risk assessments; LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation) assessment to HS(G) 258; Indoor Air Quality assessment; occupational health surveillance (audiometry and spirometry); vibration measurement and assessment; and health & safety consultancy (H&S policy audits, fire, manual handling, risk assessment).
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Asbestos - new CAW Regulations
The first step to complying with the new CAW regulations is to find out if asbestos is present in your building and this is best achieved by carrying out a desktop study. This involves gathering both current and historical information on the building(s): age, size, type and construction, and plant, equipment and process operations within that building.
Prepare a list of the potential presence of all asbestos containing materials (ACM) throughout the site(s). There are many sources of information on where to find asbestos including numerous HSE documents (HSG 213 gives useful photographic examples of different types of asbestos). This research is best undertaken by staff that have an intimate knowledge of the building and fixtures eg. maintenance engineers, owners etc.
Consider all reasonably accessible areas for the presence of asbestos. Ensure that consideration is given to areas that are not normally accessed but are reasonably accessible i.e. roof voids, service ducts, lift shafts. To avoid unnecessary samples collection and analysis, it is helpful if the client can then discount the presence of asbestos in certain areas by use of reasoned argument. A reasoned argument to suggest that a material does not contain asbestos would be:
· Non-asbestos substitute materials were specified in the original building plans, or in subsequent refurbishments.
· The product was very unlikely to contain asbestos or have asbestos added (e.g. wood, glass, bricks etc), or is marked with non-asbestos product code.
· A material was purchased after laws prohibiting the use of different types of asbestos were implemented e.g.post 1999.
However the golden rule is: if you are not sure then assume it as ACM and manage it appropriately until proved otherwise. This conclusive proof can only be obtained by taking a sample of the material and having that analysed for asbestos content.
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