Officebuilding Asbestos Survey

Officebuilding Asbestos Survey

Asbestos

Asbestos is a term used to refer to six naturally occurring silicate minerals. All are composed of long and thin fibrous crystals, each fibre being composed of many microscopic 'fibrils' that can be released into the atmosphere by abrasion and other processes. Asbestos is an excellent electrical insulator and is highly heat-resistant, so for many years it was used as a building material. However, it is now a well-known health and safety hazard and the use of asbestos as a building material is illegal in many countries. Inhalation of asbestos fibres can lead to various serious lung conditions, including asbestosis and cancer.

Ban Asbestos

More than 55 coutries/regions have banned asbestos in the world

Algeria

Czech Republic*

Iceland

Malta*

Saudi Arabia

Argentina

Denmark

Ireland

Mongolia

Seychelles

Australia

Egypt

Israel

Mozambique

Slovakia*

Austria

Estonia*

Italy

Netherlands

Slovenia

Bahrain

Finland

Japan

New Caledonia

South Africa

Belgium

France

Jordan

Norway

Spain

Brunei

Gabon

Korea (South)

Oman

Sweden

 

Germany

Kuwait

Poland

Switzerland

Chile

Greece*

Latvia

Portugal*

Turkey

Croatia

Honduras

Lithuania*

Qatar

United Kingdom

Cyprus*

Hungary*

Luxembourg

Romania

Uruguay

 Potential containing Asbestos Risk

Acoustical ceiling texture or “popcorn”

Asphalt flooring

Base flashing/mastic

Blown-in insulation   

Boiler/tank insulation 

Breaching insulation

Brick mortar  

Built-up roofing  

Caulking/putties

Ceiling tiles/panels/mastic  

Cement board/transite 

Cement pipes

Cement roofing shingles  

Chalkboards  

Construction mastics

Duct tape/paper  

Ductwork flexible connections 

Electrical cloth

Electrical panel partitions  

Electrical wiring insulation  

Elevator brake shoes

Erkot roofing material   

Fire blankets

Fire curtains/hose

Fire doors  

Fireproofing  

Furnace insulation

Gray roofing paint  

High temperature gaskets  

HVAC duct insulation

Incandescent light fixture backing

Joint compound/wallboard

Laboratory hoods/table tops

Laboratory fume hood  

Mudded pipe elbow insulation 

Nicolet (white) roofing paper

Packing materials

Paper fire box in walls  

Paper on backside of fiberglass insulation

Pipe insulation/fittings  

Plaster/ wall joints

Poured flooring

Rolled roofing  

Roofing shingles  

Sink insulation

Spray-applied insulation  

Stucco  

Sub flooring slip sheet

Textured paints/coatings  

Vapor barrier  

Vinyl floor tile/mastic

Vinyl sheet flooring/mastic

Vinyl wall coverings

Window glazing

Any suspicious asbestos containing material

Packing/gaskets of machines/equipments

 

How to control asbestos

UK

HSE HSG264

HSE HSG247

HSE HSG248

US

AHERA

EPA:ASBESTOS INSPECTOR

EPA:ASBESTOS REMOVAL DESIGNER

China

GBZ/T 193-2007: 石棉作业职业卫生安全管理规范(Criterion of control and prevention for occupational hazard in processing asbestos)

GBZ2.1-2007: 工作场所有害因素职业接触限值化学有害因素(Occupational exposure limits for hazardous agents in the workplace Chemical hazardous agents)

GBZ/T 192.5-2007 . 工作场所空气中粉尘测定 第5部分:石棉纤维浓度(Method for determination of dust in the air of workplace,Part 5:Asbestos fiber concentration)

Australia

Safe Work Australia: HOW TO SAFELY REMOVE ASBESTOS (Code of Practice)

Safe Work Australia: HOW TO MANAGE AND CONTROL ASBESTOS IN THE WORKPLACE (Code of Practice)

Process

 

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