To engage in removal or extraction of asbestos, we first must understand it. Asbestos is a naturally occurring and mined mineral that was first used in the 1800’s and became more commonly used in the UK Industrial period due to its strength, flexibility, and fire-resistant qualities. Unlike many other materials, Asbestos can be woven and because of this versatility, it recrewed the name ‘magic mineral’. However, this mineral was not as magical as once thought. Recent studies have deduced that the dust that is emitted from asbestos can become lodged in the lungs and while they can remain dormant for decades, can potentially turn into serious terminal illnesses such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other cancers. Fortunately, the use of asbestos was restricted in the mid ’80s in Australia and banned completely by 2003. However, asbestos continued to be used up until 2009.
Asbestos removal can be a tough and complicated job depending on what type of Asbestos needs removal.
There are six types of Asbestos:
- Chrysotile (White)
- Amosite (Brown)
- Crocidolite (Blue)
These can be sorted into two different kinds of asbestos:
This kind of asbestos is easily crumbles and broken making it very easy to become airborne to be inhaled into the lungs.
This kind of asbestos only becomes a hazard when it is broken, or damaged as the fibres are more tightly bound.
Friable asbestos must be collected in polyethylene bags with a minimum thickness of 0.2mm and is to be filled to no more than 50% capacity. It is also required to be sprayed with a sealant or wet with water prior to bagging. Non-friable asbestos must be wrapped and sealed in appropriate sized bundles in preparation for disposal and again should be sprayed with a sealant or wet with water prior to wrapping.
It is necessary to be able to identify the types of places in which asbestos can most commonly be found so as to alert the professional you hire to any suspicious asbestos.
Asbestos can be found in the following places:
The first step is to get a accredited professional to test any suspected asbestos, they can come to your home, take multiple samples and take them to a NATA accredited laboratory. The results can normally be completed in less than 24 hours, Asbestos Testing Sydney, however multiple samples may take longer to ensure accurate results. If asbestos is found then the following methods can be used.
One of the many ways of managing Asbestos in the home or work environment is through encapsulation. Encapsulation allows one to repair damage and seal any exposed edges, reduce fibre release, and protect against accidental knocks and/or scrapes. This is done via the application of a impervious material, which is secured over or around ACM (Asbestos-containing materials) to prevent the release of fibres to prevent damage from vibration, impact, and age degradation. This will save you money in the long run as, if kept in good condition, asbestos is very strong, reliable, and does not degrade as quickly as other replacement materials. This procedure should always be carried out by a professional contractor.
Asbestos removal should always be done by a licensed professional, Asbestos Removal Sydney.
Non-compliance with the procedure for disposal in your area (ie. Inappropriate packaging of waste, failure to unload as per requirements, or notification to administering authorities) could result in a heavy fine.
Removal of Asbestos yourself can be daunting, paperwork-filled, and dangerous or potentially fatal work so it is always the best practice to contact a professional. The professionals will adhere to national and local asbestos removal laws to dispose of the asbestos legally and safely without any fuss from you.