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Coffey Environments awarded accreditation for asbestos clearance inspections

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Coffey Environments  has been awarded Australia’s first accreditation for asbestos and hazardous materials clearance inspections by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA).

The business is now the only consultancy in Australia to hold all four national accreditations for asbestos and hazardous materials management work – surveying, air monitoring/fibre counting, fibre identification and clearance inspections.

Coffey Environments global leader David Browne said: “This accreditation endorses the technical level of our occupational health & safety specialists and cements Coffey Environments leading position as the only consultancy in Australia accredited by NATA across all steps of asbestos management.”

NATA chief executive officer Alan Patterson said: “NATA is committed to using accreditation as a way of promoting the health and safety and well being of our community. I congratulate Coffey Environments for leading the way with this achievement, which is a first in Australia.”

The introduction of the Fair Work Act in January and the move to national occupational health and safety laws are likely to impact the way in which Australian businesses manage asbestos and other hazardous materials.

Occupational Health & Safety is set to undergo major reform as the country moves towards one set of laws in this area, developed by Safe Work Australia. Each state and territory will be required to pass mirror laws by December 2011.

Asbestos-containing materials are not only found in commercial and industrial structures, but also in refineries, vessels and offshore facilities and contaminant materials in mineral ores. Under the new laws, a wide range of facilities may be newly identified as sites that require a plan to manage asbestos.

“An up-to-date asbestos register and an asbestos management plan provide businesses with information to operate their sites safely and to cost-effectively manage asbestos-containing material in the workplace.

“We have worked with a number of clients to incorporate asbestos and hazardous materials management plans into their businesses’ operational plans in a very cost-effective manner, helping them go beyond legal compliance and ensuring the health and safety of their staff,” said Lee.

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