Awareness and Work Procedure Training

Hibbs & Associates Pty Ltd provides customised training sessions to business managers, facilities management staff, contractors and staff in general on asbestos awareness, risk assessment and appropriate work procedures.
Training sessions may be held on site, at corporate offices, and in our training room.
The Asbestos Awareness Training includes background information on asbestos, the historical uses of asbestos, health implications of asbestos exposure and the regulatory framework. Additional information on identifying asbestos, qualitative assessment of risk and control measures is often included. An element of the session may be dedicated to work practises associated with handling or working around asbestos (including, preparation of safe work method statements, use of PPE and decontamination).

A typical agenda for a training session is outlined below.

  1. Introduction – outline of the training session: structure, purpose and proposed outcomes
  2. What is asbestos
    • origins
    • types (chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite)
    • mineralogy and structure
  3. Properties of asbestos
    • fibrous nature
    • high tensile strength
    • high resistance to heat and fire
    • low thermal conductivity
    • chemical resistance
    • acoustic absorbance
    • high electrical resistance
  4. Asbestos Containing Materials
    • Use in Construction Industry, manufacturing and domestic
    • When asbestos was used
    • Range of Asbestos Containing Materials
    • Bonded and Friable
    • thermal and acoustic insulation materials
    • fireproofing materials
    • fillers or binders in other products
    • asbestos cement products
  5. Health effects
    • Asbestosis
    • Lung cancer - Mesothelioma
    • biological significance of structure and mineralogy
    • dose response relationships
    • asbestos related disease – legacy of past high exposures
    • one fibre theory
  6. Legislation and Codes of Practice
    • OHS Regulation
    • NOHSC Codes of Practise
    • Exposure Standards

Presentation Includes:

  • Photographs of typical asbestos materials
  • Samples of typical asbestos containing materials

Asbestos Awareness Training – Additional Modules

  1. Identification of Asbestos Containing Materials
    • Factors affecting Likelihood of Asbestos
    • Building Surveys and Limitations
    • Inspection Checklists
    • Sample collection and analysis
    • Samples of typical asbestos materials
    • Photographs of typical locations
  2. Assessing Risk and Control Measures
    • Type, location, condition, extent
    • Control Options
    • Asbestos Management
    • Duties of Owners, controllers of premises, employers and employees
    • Labelling
    • Work procedures
    • Minor Removal Works
    • Maintenance
    • Emergency Works
  3. Asbestos Removal Projects
    • Documentation
    • Selection of Contractors
    • Licenses and Permits
    • Work Methodology
    • Containment
    • Removal
    • Waste Disposal
    • Clearances
    • Air Monitoring
  4. Client Specific (may include)
    • Policy
    • Asbestos Register and Management Plan
    • Location of Asbestos Materials in Workplace
    • Activities that may disturb asbestos
    • Risk Assessment and Safe Work Method Statements
    • Work Procedures

For further information regarding hazardous materials management contact:
Robert Gale on 0419 929 038
Michael Fisher on 0418 647 262