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How to Manage Asbestos on Development Sites Effectively: Key Tips

December 13, 2017
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EESI Group hosted a successful Technical Seminar in 2017 on managing asbestos on development sites. In case you missed it, we’ve put together some key points from the seminar to share with you. Read on for an overview of the dangers of asbestos and how to manage it effectively.

“Asbestos diseases…kill more people than any other single work-related cause” G&L Consultancy Ltd, 2017


Asbestos was once believed to be an effective and versatile product and was used in over 3,000 applications worldwide. In Australia, one third of all houses built contained asbestos products. The most urgent risk is presented by loose fibres in non–bonded asbestos that can easily release into the air. Inhalation is the main exposure pathway, and asbestos diseases kill more people than any other single work–related cause.

Managing the Issue:

Strict safety procedures such as dust prevention, air monitoring, and PPE should be utilised throughout the assessment and management of asbestos. Two major stages in managing asbestos-contaminated sites are identification and management.


Conduct a site assessment to identify the potential for asbestos to be present onsite and, if present, quantify and delineate the extent of the issue.


Develop site–specific procedures, know the codes of practice and your responsibility, and choose the outcome you would like to achieve.

Engaging the Right People:

Engage experienced environmental consultants for assessing and remediating asbestos in soil and occupational hygienists for assessing asbestos exposure in the workplace and providing clearance certificates. Management of asbestos should consider preferred client outcomes and the conceptual site model.

Key Takeaways:

Engaging with the problem is the key to appropriate asbestos management. Acknowledging the presence of asbestos onsite and making suitable preparations will result in reduced risk and fewer time delays, therefore, increased cost savings.

If you think asbestos may be present on your site, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and talk to one of our specialists. EESI has a team of specialists in QLD, NSW, and VIC who can help you manage asbestos effectively. When land needs to be nurtured, repaired, or sustainably utilised, our name should be foremost in mind.


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