1.1 This proposal is recommended for the asbestos presence investigation onboard ships, in order to check the asbestos condition and demonstrate that the subjected vessel is in accordance with IMO requirements concerning the asbestos.
1.2 This proposal is applicable for newbuilding and existing cargo ship, offshore ship and facility or equivalent, however, the passenger ship may be partly or analogously applied based on the agreement with the client.
Centre Testing International (CTI) will conduct asbestos containing materials (ACM) presence investigation in alignment with Guidance Procedure of Investigation into ACM Presence onboard Ships (Q/CTI TS-NID-0001), which is recognized by United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) (details refer to websit:http://www.ukas.com/About-Accreditation/Accredited-Bodies/inspection-body-schedules.asp). the Guidance Procedure of Investigation into ACM Presence onboard Ships (Q/CTI TS-NID-0001) was developed based on or taken into account the following provisions of requirements:
Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of ships, 2009, SR/CONF/45，
2011 Guidelines for the Development of the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (Resolution MEPC.197(62)),
SOLAS regulation II-1/3-5 new amendments concerning new installation of asbestos containing material, MSC.282(86)
GUIDELINES FOR MAINTENANCE AND MONITORING OF ON-BOARD MATERIALS CONTAINING ASBESTOS (MSC/Circ.1045)
INFORMATION ON PROHIBITING THE USE OF ASBESTOS ON BOARD SHIPS (MSC.1/Circ.1374)
UNIFIED INTERPRETATION OF SOLAS REGULATION II-1/3-5 (MSC.1/Circ.1379)
UNIFIED INTERPRETATION OF SOLAS REGULATION II-1/3-5 (MSC.1/Circ.1426)
INSTRUCTION TO SHIP OWNERS , SHIPPING COMPANIES AND RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS (RO’S) BAN ON THE USE OF ASBESTOS ON BOARD SHIPS (Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate)
ASBESTOS: THE SURVEY GUIDE ( HSG 264 by British Health and Safety Executive)
3, Investigation Process
The investigation process can be demonstrated into the following program:
Step 1: Investigation, including the collection of the necessary information such as ship’s name, IMO No, some essential drawings will be asked prior to the commencement of the onboard survey, desktop study about the risk assessment, drafting Visual and Sampling Check Plan (VSCP), onboard survey and subsequent samples analysis.
Step 2: Identification whether there is any ACM detected onboard the ship based on the results of onboard survey and samples analysis.
Step 3: If no signs show that there is any ACM installed onboard the ship, then an investigation report together with Asbestos Condition Conformity Certificate will be released by CTI.
Step 4: If any ACM detected onboard, the client should plan the removal and replacement, which should emphasize 2 aspects at lease: the scope of removal, is not limited to the detected checkpoints, but also extend to the same kind of materials (because the samples taken during onboard survey is in a representative manner), and the removal method intend to adopted, should avoid the uncontrolled release of firbre, secondary contamination and ensure the completeness and thoroughness.
Step 5: Execution the removal plan.
Step 6: Verification the correction effect. This should be done upon the client’s order, and ensure that the removal is fully completed, otherwise, the results will turn out that a further removal and verification should be triggered. Clearance air monitoring may be simultaneously carried out based on the client’s requirement, with the task to check whether the fiber concentration is below the permissible level in order to ensure the occupants’ health and safety against asbestos harm.
4, Reporting and certification
4.1, After the investigation was finished, an investigation report will be released to the client in 7 working days normally. However, if ACM detected according to the survey results and laboratory findings, then a correction recommendation will be released to the client to suggest the removal and replacement, and if the client take such recommendation, then the final report will be released upon the accomplishment of the removal and verification survey.
4.2, Based on the investigation result (both onboard survey and laboratory analysis), if no sign show there is any ACM installed onboard, then an Asbestos Condition Conformity Certificate will be released together with the investigation report.