Air Monitoring When Working With Asbestos

Asbestos air monitoring is a process used to detect the levels of asbestos fibres within the atmosphere by running air samples through a filter. During any asbestos-related work, air monitoring must be carried out if the risk of exposure for asbestos is high. When working with asbestos materials, qualified asbestos analysts should undertake the necessary surveys and air monitoring procedures to ensure total safety.

During instances of removal of asbestos in the workplace, it is necessary to assess the concentration of airborne asbestos fibre levels that may have been generated. Air monitoring is in many instances is a requirement see the Practical Guidelines on ACM Management and Abatement from the HSA for more details: click here.

These guidelines also require that mandatory training be given to anyone who may be exposed to asbestos in the workplace, including any maintenance or installation work.

Air sampling is extremely important in determining the risk of exposure from any asbestos containing materials. There are several kinds of processes that can be used to analyse air quality. Personal air testing is commonly used to evaluate possible exposure to employees. Background or reassurance air testing is generally used to ensure fibre levels are below the recommended levels after any accidental damage or any asbestos removal is done. This can also be used as an overall air monitoring strategy for any potential risks.

If you require professional assistance and accurate air monitoring when working with asbestos, contact our team at OHSS. We are Ireland’s leading experts with the highest competency-based standards in asbestos surveys, air monitoring, lab testing, asbestos safety training, and more.