CETEC Field team at Pitt Street in 2011 lead testing using XRF

Hazardous Materials

A Hazardous Materials Audit (also known as a hazmat audit or survey) of a building is required to identify, and risk assess materials which have the potential to be hazardous to human health.

The purpose of the hazardous materials audit is to establish the following:

  • If hazardous materials are present
  • Identify the type of hazardous material
  • Identify the location and extent of the hazardous material
  • Record the condition of the hazardous material
  • Risk assess the hazardous material
  • Develop a register of hazardous materials in a building for compliance to OHS (WHS) legislation

It is important that all hazardous materials are appropriately managed, labelled, stored, handled, and where necessary have corresponding safety data sheets (SDS) on site. When required they must be removed and disposed of according to all relevant guidelines. For further information on the storage of chemicals please follow the link.

Some examples of common hazardous materials found in buildings include:

  • Asbestos
  • Lead
  • PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls)
  • ODS (Ozone Depleting Substances)
  • Chemicals (including cleaning chemicals)

We are also able to assist property owners and property manager in the assessment of former Clandestine Drug Laboratories

Cooling Tower chemicals left expose on roof in unbunded area

CETEC can assess, audit and assist you in managing your hazardous materials.

We can decontaminate and we specialise in the remediation of complex sites and/or facilities including:

  • Universities
  • Hospitals
  • Contaminated industrial sites

and we can provide a full project management service.

CETEC has more than 30 years experience in the identification and management of hazardous materials, and all corresponding legislation.