Asbestos products are still found in many buildings and are not dangerous if kept in good condition. However, if an asbestos product is broken or disturbed in any way, it is very hazardous. The material can cause fatal diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
If your property contains asbestos-based materials they must be removed by a licensed professional before any other work begins.
Asbestos materials are either bonded (tightly bound) or friable (loosely bound). Bonded asbestos materials are commonly found in houses and often known as ‘fibro’, ‘asbestos cement’ and ‘AC sheeting’. Friable asbestos was mostly used in commercial and industrial settings for fire-proofing, sound-proofing and insulation.
You cannot tell if a material contains asbestos by simply looking at it, so treat doubtful material as if it does contain the mineral. Asbestos can be found in:
The following products may contain asbestos:
Harditherm and Duratherm do not contain asbestos.
If you suspect you have asbestos in your building, get it checked by a qualified professional.
If you are removing more than 10 square metres of bonded asbestos material, you must by law hire a Class B Workcover-licensed removalist. However, the City of Sydney recommends hiring a licensed removalist, regardless of the amount of asbestos in your building. This will help prevent any health risks caused from improperly handling asbestos.
Asbestos waste must be taken to a certified waste facility. The maximum penalties for owners and transporters breaking the rules are $1 million for corporations and $250,000 for an individual.
Contact Sydney Asbestos Pty Ltd today for a free quote over the phone or for any asbestos removal questions you may have. Our asbestos removal team is ready to help you with all bonded (Class B) asbestos removal needs!