Air and Dust Monitoring
A common concern for many industries (especially in high risk environments such as construction, mining and offshore), is excessive exposure to airborne hazards. Inhaling some particles over a long period of time can contribute to lung disorders and other diseases. Precautions should be taken to ensure working conditions are safe for all personnel.
L&D’s specialist team of experienced consultants can provide clients with solutions to monitor and control the following airborne hazards:
- Asbestos & Other Fibres
- Diesel Particulate Matter
- Indoor & Ambient Air Quality
We develop solutions that are created specifically to meet our client’s needs. Our team of consultants use their industry experience to create practical control strategies that will result in complete management of any airborne hazards.
Dust monitoring is conducted to measure and assess the concentration of certain particles within dust in the environment. We provide qualified specialists to conduct dust monitoring as it should only be done by a competent person with the appropriate equipment to accurately:
- Assess air quality
- Identify site generated dust
- Quantify the amount of dust
- Determine appropriate management methods
Accurate dust monitoring is crucial in developing an effective and practical dust control strategy.
Asbestos Air Monitoring
Asbestos air monitoring is the sampling for airborne asbestos fibres, it helps to identify exposure levels and any necessary control measures. As per the ‘Safe Work Australia Code of Practice for the safe Removal of Asbestos’, air monitoring should be performed whenever Asbestos containing materials are being removed to ensure that control measures are effective.
Why Have Air Monitoring?
An estimated 1.3 million employees are exposed to asbestos in either construction or general industry environments. Exposure to asbestos can cause asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung, oesophagus, stomach, colon, and rectum cancer.
Under the current Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Regulation there is a duty on employers to identify any Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) before commencing demolition, building maintenance or removal works, if there are any doubts whether asbestos is present then the employer must follow the current legislative steps to identify the presence of asbestos.
Asbestos control monitoring determines the effectiveness of control measures when work is either being done on asbestos containing material or has been completed. Using static or positional air monitors as fixed locations, the levels of airborne asbestos fibres are measured, revealing whether the levels have declined or dissipated.