December 2014 Newsletter

Merry Christmas from the Team at Chemsafety

Christmas - New Year Hours

Our offices will be closed from 4pm on Tuesday 23rd December, re-opening Monday 12th January, however someone will be available on-call throughout this period by ringing 0800 366 370.

Asbestos Sampling & Analysis Dates

17 December - routine requests for asbestos sampling received after Wednesday 17 December will be logged for collection in the New Year.

19 December - Urgent requests for asbestos sampling (work being held up on site) will be met as far as practicable up to 19 December.

22 December - Last day for drop-off of samples for asbestos identification

12 January - Full service resumes

Chemical Awareness Training

Over the last few months we’ve seen an increase in demand for our Chemical Awareness training.  This This customisable course (minimum 2-hours) provides attendees with an overview of how to identify hazardous substances, hazardous properties and classifications, storage and handling, safety data sheets and emergency response.

If you think your staff would benefit from this training please send an email to us at info@chemsafety.co.nz and we can tailor a course to meet your requirements.

Asbestos Legislation Changes

Asbestos legislation and guidelines are currently undergoing a review as part of significant changes to New Zealands Health & Safety Legislation.. This will result in significant changes on how asbestos is identified, managed, and removed in New Zealand. Every building owner is likely going to require an asbestos register detailing where asbestos on their property is located and an asbestos management plan for how they will manage the hazard safely. A position statement on asbestos clearance procedures has been released http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/information-guidance/all-guidance-items/position-statements/documents/asbestos-clearance-procedures and provides clarification and additional guidance to ensure asbestos removal is completed to an acceptable standard. Of particular interest is the adoption of a 4-stage clearance procedure for removals done within an enclosure and clearance procedures (with air monitoring and/or surface swabs) for non-enclosure removals including pre-demolition work.

A draft of the upcoming Approved Code of Practice for the Management and Removal of Asbestos will be released for consultation early in 2015. We will keep you up to date on when this is released and we encourage your input. This change will affect a lot of people, not just those who work in the asbestos industry.

From Mike, Our Managing Director

2014 has been another busy year at Chemsafety.  We were wrapped to again achieve fastest growing mature business in addition to 11th place overall in the national Deloitte Fast 50 awards.  Thanks go to our loyal clients as it is your support that has enabled this achievement.  This growth will provide us with the ability to further improve and broaden the scope of service that we can provide to our clients.  It was great to also see Buildtech’s success at the awards.

In order to take some of the pressure off our busy (verging on frantic) team we have just taken on a couple of new consultants bringing our total number of consultants to 10, complemented by our invaluable and growing administration team.  Both new consultants are chemistry graduates from the University of Canterbury.  We expect they will help us to further improve delivery times, and in coming months will provide us with the scope to further broaden our reach beyond Canterbury.  Welcome David and Melissa.

Looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year, and wishing you all a productive and successful 2015.  But first, happy holiday season.