Tips for Asbestos Removal Services
Australia is one of the countries suffering broad cases relevant to asbestos-caused illnesses. Mainly because of the large-scale operations of various asbestos-mining sites nationwide before a total ban was passed and implemented in the mid 80s & a complete ban on asbestos-containing materials was flagged in 1991. Nonetheless, these efforts were not enough to reduce the cases of asbestos-related incidents. In fact, as years passed by, there is a continuous increase in the number of persons who are inflicted with different diseases with high relevance to their exposure to asbestos.
Tips for Commercial Property Managers When Dealing With Asbestos Removal:
- 1. How to identify the presence of asbestos. You have to rely on the fact that while asbestos is now banned from use, it was a component used on various building materials as well as different products during the 1940s up to the late 1980s.
As a general rule, if a building was erected before the mid-1980s, it is highly likely there is the presence of some asbestos-containing materials. If it was built between the mid-1980s and 1990, it is likely that it would have materials containing asbestos. And if it was built after 1990, it is highly unlikely it would have materials containing asbestos. The sure way to be sure if asbestos is present is to have a sample of a thing you suspect to contain asbestos analyzed by a competent person in an accredited laboratory.
- Where to find asbestos
Usually, asbestos materials are bonded with other materials and are commonly called as ‘Fibro,’ AC sheeting, or asbestos cement. Loose friable asbestos can be found in lagging or as a backing material to vinyl sheet flooring.
- How to manage asbestos risks
- Before you contact specialists to do the job, you should first identify the materials that may contain asbestos. If you are not sure, have the materials tested before work is started.
- Maintain communication with the specialists to ensure that work is done safely and by health and safety regulations.
- Ensure that only a ‘Class B’ or ‘Class A’ asbestos removal license holder will handle the removal of more than 10 square meters of non-friable asbestos.
- Inform tenants and affected neighbors about the work to be done and any necessary precautions before the start of the work.
- Discuss with property owners and specialists about the alternatives to removing materials containing asbestos.
- Keep undamaged asbestos-containing materials intact and undisturbed.
- Ensure that only a ‘Class A’ asbestos removal license holder will remove loose friable asbestos-containing materials.