Turnkey Asbestos Solutions
What we do best:
Asbestos Inventories, Surveys and Management Plans
Our Service Offer
Ecotech Africa provides a holistic approach to asbestos management and offers various services such as Asbestos Audits/Inventories and subsequent management plans to align to regulatory requirements. We’re certified and offer a full turnkey audit solution to clients in residential, commercial and industrial environs, which includes:
Conducting a thorough inventory of the site in question
A walkthrough to determine if there are asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) on the site and quantity; and
The delivery of government-approved asbestos management plans and minimising the risk involved in each area, all while phasing the asbestos out over time.
At Ecotech Africa, asbestos abatement is our business. As such, we are well positioned to keep asbestos management costs down for our customers.
Why Use A Certified Company?
A brief explanation
The Department Requirements
By law, businesses that use or work around asbestos are charged with ensuring that asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are identified and managed or maintained by a qualified person or company.
Once identified, the information required by the government relating to asbestos includes a full description of the material (inventory), its risk category and potential exposure scenarios (surveys), and the company’s plans to remove and manage the product (management).
The Whole Picture
What some companies don’t fully understand is the detail to which the Department of Labour expects you to align to all guidelines. It requires due diligence in response to every stipulation – from the mandatory bi-annual assessments of the potential for exposure to the way you label the ACM. The obligation to supply clear, transparent information to employees and comprehensive, up-to-date training to those exposed to asbestos lies with the employer. This includes the provision of effective personal protective equipment, training, signage and the like.
Ecotech Africa recognises the need
Asbestos is the generic name for a number of naturally occurring silicate mineral fibres. Asbestos is a versatile product. Due to its ability to withstand heat, erosion and decay, and for its fire and water resistant properties, asbestos was widely used in building materials. Despite the use of all forms of asbestos being banned nationally, building materials containing asbestos are still prevalent in our community today. The most commonly found building materials that contain asbestos are asbestos cement products.
Asbestos has been mined in South Africa since 1930 and was a popular material used in over 3000 different products in the building and engineering industries over more than a century. Asbestos exposure resulted in many deaths as a result of diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Although the use of asbestos in new work has been banned in South Africa since 2008, there are many asbestos containing materials (ACMs) that are still in use today.
Employees may unknowingly be exposed to asbestos during maintenance, decorating, renovating or even demolishing of redundant plant equipment and buildings.
Injudicious disturbance of asbestos may contaminate workplaces, which may present a serious health risk to employees, occupants or even members of the public.