Importing asbestos as a raw material was officially banned in New Zealand in 1984. Up until that time, the country was the highest consumer of asbestos for the manufacture of building products in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Importation of products containing asbestos was finally banned in 2016, coinciding with the introduction of more prescriptive legislation. Now many business owners are coming to terms with managing asbestos in buildings and the commercial and health and safety liabilities it poses. That’s where EHS Support can help.
Comprehensive Asbestos Services
Due to the background levels of asbestos in the urban environment, elimination of asbestos fibres is not possible. In New Zealand, asbestos remains the number one cause of death in the workplace, with over 170 people dying each year from mesothelioma alone. And although, in Australia, the use/reuse and sale of asbestos was banned in 2003, 700 people still die each year from mesothelioma — one of the highest rates of use in the world. That said, there are ways to mitigate the risk of asbestos exposure. At EHS Support, we specialise in providing pragmatic advice to address asbestos risk in a way that is practical and achievable.
A Dedicated Team of Professionals
Our Asbestos Management Team is an experienced group of professionals who care deeply about the work they do. Not only do they have the practical know-how that is so important in managing risk, they also understand the science and regulatory side of things. As a result, you get peace of mind knowing that you’re in good hands. EHS Support specialists were the principal authors of the 2017 BRANZ Ltd. New Zealand Guidelines for Assessing and Managing Asbestos in Soil and continue to provide a leading role in the industry through associations such as the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association™.