Asbestos Removal for Sydney Homes
Over 30% of all houses constructed in Australia contain asbestos containing material (ACMs) if not friable asbestos materials. If your house was built any time before the 1980s, it is highly likely that you have some asbestos containing materials in the building; less likely if it were built between the 80s and 90s but worth a check. If your house was constructed after 1990 than it is unlikely ACMs were used in the construction of your house.
The extensive, and indiscriminate, use of ACMs in constructions means there are many places in your home that can be asbestos rich health hazards.
If you are concerned about any of your building materials containing this toxic substance, you should call a professional who does asbestos abatement in Sydney to take a look.
Check the the following to see if you need a Sydney Asbestos Removal contractor:
- vinyl sheet flooring
- wall sheeting and ceiling (flat or weatherboard)
- roof sheeting
- gables, eaves, pipes and flues
- underlay for carpet or tiling
- switchboard backing made of zelemite
- flexible construction planks
- waterproofing materials
- carports and garages
- telecommunication access pits
- some window sealant
The only way to be absolutely sure if a product contains asbestos is to get a sample tested by a NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) authorised laboratory.
If you suspect asbestos or even worse, damaged ACM in your home, call a licensed professional to inspect the material and have it tested, there is a reason this is a licensed profession, asbestos removal can be very dangerous practice.
Asbestos in the Workplace
Specific regulations governing training and competency of asbestos assessors, workers and supervisors have been clearly outlined in the Work Health Safety (WHS) Regulations.
The Regulations have established two licenses under which businesses are allowed to work with asbestos.
Class A: Business granted the Class A license are licensed to remove asbestos of all types all types, friable or non-friable.
Class B: Businesses granted the Class B licenses are only permitted to conduct non-friable asbestos removals Sydney.
Recently the WHS regulations have created a new license to cover asbestos assessors. A licensed asbestos assessor is permitted to conduct inspections after the removal of any type of asbestos, friable or non-friable.
What Exactly is Asbestos?
The term “asbestos” refers to six mineral fibers which can be found naturally. Asbestos can be categorized into two groups.
Serpentine group - Due to their curly aspect chrysotile, or white asbestos, comprises this group.
Amphibole Group – Needle like characteristics give the amphibole group its name. Brown asbestos or gray asbestos, called amosite or anthophyllite, blue asbestos, called crocidolite, as well as actinolite and tremolite are all members of this group.
Some of Our Other Services
Inspection and Testing - Collect a sample and send it to a lab
Asbestos Roofing - Roof inspection and disposal services
Fence Inspection and Removal - Safe Fencing replacement
Safety Checklist - 19 point safety checklist
A Brief History of Asbestos Removal
The word “asbestos” comes from a Greek word meaning “inextinguishable” or “unquenchable”. For thousands of years this curious mineral has been highly valued due to its tensile strength and chemical inertness as well as the insulation from heat and electricity it is famous for. Asbestos was also fairly easy to mine which added to its versatility.
The popularity and versatility of asbestos increased its demand by industrial societies; over 3000 different uses and applications for asbestos exist worldwide. One of the highest users per capita of asbestos was Australia in the early 80s; one-third of all Australian homes were built using asbestos products. The indiscriminate use of this material cut a path of death through the industrial revolution.
Asbestos mining continued productively in Sydney until 1984 most of the production being chrysolite and crocidolite. Records of the industry report that over 1 and a half million tonnes of asbestos was imported to Australia between the 1930s and the 1980s.
Types of Asbestos Removal Sydney
ACMs can bed categorized as either friable or non-friable. The most common type to be found in our building environments is non-friable, which has been mixed in with other building materials. Friable asbestos exists in forms that can be crushed or pulverized and become air borne.
Regardless of being friable or non-friable, asbestos that has not been carefully maintained or properly removed can pose a serious health risk for anyone coming in contact. The largest health risks come from buildings or sites where there are:
- Ambient levels of asbestos
- Weather damaged ACMs
- Any kind of ACM in disrepair
- Construction and/ or Maintenance work using ACMs
- Deconstruction or removal of ACMs
There is a high risk of exposure to from these constructions and you need to be very careful when dealing with these older building products.