Asbestos Abatement Regulations 2020 deadline looms in May 2022.
The Asbestos Abatement Regulations 2020 state that building owners must have an asbestos assessment done by May 2022 and an asbestos inventory detailing all asbestos on the building must be drafted by a competent person.
Any damaged asbestos must be planned to be replaced as soon as possible if asbestos fibres are being released from asbestos roof sheeting or asbestos substructures.
South Africa is on a drive to remove all asbestos from all buildings in the country. This is largely due to the fatal diseases that are caused by the asbestos fibres that are airborne.
Asbestos was an ideal building material used up until the 1980s. Its use was banned because of the dangers of asbestos fibres.
Asbestos is highly toxic and the cause of fatal respiratory diseases including mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Building owners are warned that there will be severe penalties imposed on those who do not comply with the Asbestos Abatement Regulations 2020. The deadline of May 2022 has been set as the date when all building owners must have an asbestos assessment done and an asbestos inventory must be drafted by a competent person.
This must then be registered with the Department of Employment and Labour and any and all asbestos removal can only be done by a Type 1,2 or 3 Registered Asbestos Contractor. All asbestos work must carry the approval of the Department of Employment and Labour, in writing, prior to any work being carried out.
Ingozi Management Safety and Health Consultants works closely with the Department of Employment and Labour and the Registered Asbestos Contractor (RAC) to ensure that all necessary precautions are taken to guarantee the safety of site workers, office or workshop staff, tenants and visitors to the site.
Air monitoring is required when large scale asbestos is removed to further ensure maximum safety when removing asbestos.
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