ASBESTOS & HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

Hazardous Building Materials
Due Diligence

Conduct a Hazardous Building
Materials Assessment

Helia EHS offers a Hazardous Building Materials (HBMS) assessment  to meet legal occupational, health and safety (OHS) requirements. A HBMS assessment helps locate problem areas that could impact employees, other building occupants and the environment. Such assessments are typically conducted for two reasons to meet local compliance:

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  1. notifying anyone conducting works on a structure or a building (e.g. a contractor) that may contain HBMs (especially asbestos), listed in a register (prepared and/or updated at regularly defined intervals prescribed in legislation such as within five-year frequencies)
  2. for pre-demolition or refurbishment purposes to ensure any HBMs that may be impacted by such works are identified prior to any work commencing.

Helia EHS provides consultancy advice from the initial identification of HBMs to clearance (occupational hygiene) monitoring during and after the removal of such HBMs.
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The Identification and Assessment of Hazardous Materials

A material and/or substance, whether in solid, liquid or gas form, is considered hazardous if it has the potential to harm human health in any capacity. Such substances can range from disinfectants and pesticides to hydrogen peroxide and propane cylinders. Helia EHS’s Due Diligence assessment of hazardous materials carefully inspects the type of substance employed in the building and the risks that may arise from its application. Complications may occur at different times – depending on the level and duration of exposure to hazardous materials. Helia EHS considers some of these factors with due diligence during the assessment of a building for appropriate control measures.

Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Substances Assessments

Preventative Measures to Take Before a Risk Assessment

As an employer, it is of the utmost importance that environment, health and safety compliance obligations are encouraged and enforced in the workplace to reduce the impact to human health and the environment:

  • Conduct an assessment of the work environment and identify potential risk factors.
  • List possible hazards and implement basic safety measures.
  • Contact an environmental and safety consultancy to do a thorough sweep of the location and guide your business on improving safety standards and compliance obligations to implement.
  • Limit the use of hazardous substances to their intended purpose (Helia EHS could look at your procurement processes about chemicals used in the workplace).
  • Ensure dangerous substances are always marked and stored correctly.
  • Immediately report any dangerous substances leaks or spills and contact a medical professional in case of contact.

Dangerous Goods and/or Hazardous Substances Assessments including Emergency Processes

Accidents may still occur despite taking every precaution with dangerous substances and/or dangerous goods. Helia EHS can advise you on environment, health and safety standards to implement in your location for such cases. Under Australian legislation, it’s recommended to follow safety measures that should be enforced in businesses and workplaces especially in the event of an emergency.

Ensure entry
Ensure entry and exit signs are properly in place.
First aid kit
Provide a first aid kit that is easily accessible in the building.
PPE
Supply appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the workforce when dealing with hazards.
Correctly labelled
Ensure all hazardous materials are correctly labelled and stored.
No food
No food consumption should be allowed near hazardous substances.
Employees should
Employees should wash and disinfect their hands after handling such materials even if they wore protective equipment.
Evacuation
Evacuation procedures should be set in place in case of an emergency.
Emergency training
Provide emergency training to employees or building occupants

Preventative measures are essential to managing any incidents (that could lead to personnel injuries) that could occur in buildings or workplaces.

We Conduct Assessments Across a Range of Hazardous Building Materials

Based on client requirements, part of Helia EHS’s building (transaction) Due Diligence investigation services is conducting an assessment on the following materials:

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We carry out assessments in and out of due diligence periods and ensure that safety processes your business or organisation needs to meet are addressed. Especially in pre-purchase Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) assessments – where we can act for a potential asset buyer and inform them of potential environmental and/or OHS liabilities that they should be aware of prior to sale. 

Want To Enlist Our Experts Today?

The Helia EHS team provides HBMs assessment and/or consultancy around Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Substances at your location. Your business’s health and occupational safety is imperative to our team. As such, you can always trust that we will provide the most comprehensive end-to-end service.

If you would like to enlist our experts today, or would like to find out more about our service, simply get in contact with our friendly team. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about our service.

Call us on (03) 8625 9696 or submit an inquiry form via our contact page and we will reply with all the information you require.

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