Terms and Conditions

  • Scope of Works.  This service relates only to the identification of nominated hazardous materials used in the construction of the building(s) and does not include the identification of dangerous goods or hazardous substances in the form of chemicals used, stored or manufactured within the building, plant or site.  Key hazardous materials usually include asbestos containing materials and, where nominated hazardous building materials as per the proposal.  Where specified the hazardous building materials may also include synthetic mineral fibre (SMF) insulation materials; polychlorinated bi-phenyl (PCB’s) oils capacitors and indicative check of selected lead-painted surfaces.
  • Payment. Invoices will be rendered on completion of work and are due payment in full within 28 days or on delivery of the report.
  • The investigation report is not intended to be used for the purposes of tendering, programming of works, refurbishment works or demolition works unless used in conjunction with a Scope of Works detailing the extent of the works.  To ensure its contextual integrity, the report must be read in its entirety and should not be copied, distributed or referred to in part only.
  • Sampling Program.  While the investigation will attempt to locate the nominated hazardous materials within the site it should be noted that the investigation is a visual inspection and a limited sampling program will be conducted.  Only representative samples of suspected hazardous building materials will be collected for analysis.  Other hazardous building materials of similar appearance may be assumed to have a similar composition.   The investigation will check typical painted surfaces for the presence of lead based paints within the building(s), and will not specifically identify every source of lead based paint. Only minor destructive investigation and sampling techniques will be employed to gain access to building or site areas.  Consequently, without substantial demolition of the building(s), it may not be possible to guarantee that every source of hazardous materials have been detected.
  • Latent Conditions and Inaccessible Areas. Only those hazardous building materials that are physically accessible can be located and identified.  Therefore, it is possible that hazardous building materials, which may be concealed within inaccessible areas/voids, and behind equipment/fittings may not be identified during the investigation.  Such inaccessible areas fall into a number of categories, including but not restricted to:
  • Locations behind locked doors.
  • Inset set ceilings or wall cavities.
  • Those areas accessible only by dismantling equipment or performing minor localised demolition works.
  • Service shafts, ducts etc., concealed within the building structure.
  • Energised services, gas, electrical, pressurised vessel and chemical lines.
  • Voids or internal areas of machinery, plant, equipment, air-conditioning ducts etc.
  • Totally inaccessible areas such as voids and cavities created and intimately concealed within the building structure.  These voids are only accessible during major demolition works.
  • Height restricted areas.
  • Areas deemed unsafe or hazardous at time of audit.
  • Where the investigator has a reasonable belief that hazardous building based products or materials may be present inside inaccessible spaces and voids, then those spaces will be deemed to contain hazardous building materials.  These locations will require further investigation and checking prior to opening nominated specific areas by the investigator at additional cost to the client, where practical physical access was not possible at the time of the investigation.
  • Practicability of Investigation.  In addition to areas that are not accessible, the possible presence of hazardous building materials may not be assessed because it is not considered practicable as:
  • It would require unnecessary dismantling of equipment; and/or
  • It was considered disruptive to the normal operations of the building or site; and/or
  • It may have caused unnecessary damage to equipment, furnishings or surfaces; and/or
  • The hazardous building material was not considered to represent a significant exposure risk; and/or
  • It was clearly unsafe for the investigator to gain access to the height-restricted space, restricted sub-floor or hazardous work space; and/or
  • The time taken to determine the presence of the hazardous building material was considered prohibitive.
  • Access restriction may be due to physical solid barrier, occupancy of the tenancy or other circumstances listed above.
  • Obligation of Client to Inform Ace Asbestos Consultant (AAC).  The Client shall furnish or cause to be furnished to AAC all documents and information known to the Client that relate to the identity, locations, quantity, nature or characteristics of any hazardous building materials or suspected hazardous building materials, on or within the building or site. Key documentation also includes former records of asbestos abatement activities, asbestos audit/surveys or clearance certification reports.
  • Settled Dust and Mastics.  Unless specifically required, settled dust and surface swab samples will not be taken as part of the investigation in order to check for asbestos residue or fibres.  Similarly, testing of caulking and mastic jointing compounds will not be undertaken throughout the site.  This is due to the fact that the asbestos fibres are well embedded in the substrate and would not pose an exposure risk during demolition or refurbishment works.
  • Waiver.  The Client waives any claims against AAC and agrees to defend, indemnify and hold AAC harmless from any claim or liability for injury or loss which may arise as a result of:
  • Alleged damage to building surfaces caused by sampling.
  • Costs for specialised access requirements or isolations required for the investigation, and,
  • Losses arising from hazardous building materials in areas not accessed.
 Alan took control of everything- nothing was too much to ask of him and Alan was precise right down to the last minor detail.

.... Kerrie Williams

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