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What is air monitoring?

Air monitoring is a process conducted by a licensed asbestos assessor, where air sampling units are set up in and around an asbestos work area or site. The purpose of these units is to pick up any airborne dust and particles by drawing air through a filter on a high flow rate. Once the air monitoring process is completed, the filters from the units are prepared and processed for further testing. 
 
Air monitoring is an important part in the removal of asbestos containing materials. The purpose of air monitoring is to ensure the area can be safely reoccupied after the asbestos removal has been completed. This procedure also ensures that all safety procedures have been followed to professional standards, whilst also measuring the effectiveness of asbestos removal methods. 
 
When is air monitoring required? 
 
There are rules and legislations in place which make the process of air monitoring compulsory in specific circumstances. Air monitoring must take place during the removal of asbestos in areas over 10 square meters and is also mandatory when any friable asbestos is detected. 
 
After air monitoring is completed on site, the licensed assessor will conduct a clearance inspection to ensure there is no asbestos debris left around the work site. For these specific air monitoring projects, it is also essential for the licenced assessor to provide a clearance certificate. 
 
At MPA, we take all asbestos removal projects seriously. We provide air monitoring services conducted by highly qualified and experienced asbestos assessors who have worked on numerous projects on both commercial and residential properties. 
 
Although air monitoring is not legally required for areas containing asbestos in less than 10 square meters, we will still assess each project and provide professional advice and recommendations based on a risk assessment on whether we believe air monitoring is still necessary.
 

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