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Safe and efficient asbestos removal services
Removing asbestos from your living or working space can be a complicated process. This hazardous substance may be found in roofing tiles, attic insulation, wall cladding, popcorn ceilings, fences and many other places. Asbestos was proven as a health hazard for people, especially when it has begun to wear, crumble or become brittle.
If you are looking for a professional service provider to remove asbestos, contact Asbestos Watch Launceston. Our professional staff are fully A-class licensed and certified to handle all kinds of asbestos removal projects.
- Our specialised team will provide a thorough and safe removal job according to your specific needs.
- Our Asbestos Watch can provide services for all types of buildings whether domestic, commercial, or government.
- All the jobs will be done in compliance with the local and national regulations. The Asbestos Removal Team adhere to the ‘Code of Practice for the safe Removal of Asbestos NOHSC: 2002 (1988)’ and ‘Guide to the control of Asbestos Hazards in Buildings and Structure NOHSC: 3002 (1988)’
Asbestos Threat is Everywhere
Asbestos can still be found in many properties and locations across Australia. From commercial premises to public infrastructure.
With the increasing incidence of asbestos findings, everyone should be alert to the possible dangers of asbestos materials in working places or residential buildings. Having knowledge concerning asbestos will help in case an incident happens.
In Australia, asbestos was extensively used in construction and other industries in between 1946 and 1980. It was a name given to a group of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals including:
It has been known for a quite a long time that due to its tensile strength, flexibility, chemical inertness, insulation from heat and electricity and affordability, asbestos was believed to be one of the most versatile minerals.
All those reasons are enough to attract many industries to use it. There are more than 3,000 applications worldwide. In the world, Australia was one of the highest users of asbestos materials per capita till the mid-1980s. The massive use of this substance left a great legacy of hazardous materials in various buildings.
Asbestos has caused death to many people. Make sure you protect your family from asbestos. To find out more on how to save your loved ones from asbestos, check out our asbestos testing Launceston. Always be smart and be safe.
Where Can Asbestos Possibly Be Identified?
Asbestos is categorised as friable and non-friable.
- Friable asbestos is a material containing harmful fibres that can be crushed, pulverised, or reduced to a powder by just the pressure of a hand. When it is disturbed, the fibres can get airborne and may cause health risks when inhaled.
- Non-friable asbestos is a mixture of cement and a small amount of asbestos, around 10-15%. This type of asbestos can commonly be found in the construction industry.
Both types could pose a serious health risk to the environment if they are not appropriately managed or safely removed. The risks are caused by contact with airborne fibres. Airborne fibres can be produced by:
- Weathering process
- Constructing and/or managing work involving asbestos
- Demolition and/or undafe removal of material containing asbestos
- Unsafe disposal of asbestos materials
- Land contaminated by asbestos
Asbestos products that were commonly used in residential building was non-friable asbestos cement (AC) materials, including:
- Exterior and interior wall cladding
- Water or flue pipes
- Thermal boards around fireplaces
For friable products that could be found in domestic buildings, including:
- Backing material on floor tiles and vinyl flooring
- Textured paints, decorative ceilings coating
- Spray-on insulation or soundproofing
- Rope door gaskets in wood stoves
- Carpet underlay
- Heat-resistant fabrics
- Hail or fire damaged, or badly weathered AC materials
- Brick and plaster sealants, fillers and adhesive products
The Ban of All Kinds of Asbestos Products
By the late 1980s, the use of asbestos in building materials was prohibited in most Australian states and territories. The national ban on all uses of chrysotile type started to be applied on December 31, 2003. The ban also included the import and export of all products containing asbestos.
Numbers of asbestos products used in the past still exist in today’s buildings regardless of the bans on mining and industrial use. The products are commonly found in many residential, government and commercial buildings.
Asbestos Removal Processes
If you are in Launceston, it is advisable to contact us – Asbestos Watch Launceston – the most competent asbestos removalists in the region. Our Remediation Team will attend to your asbestos removal requirements and remove asbestos at your premises with the utmost care.
Our specialised Team may follow these steps to remove asbestos:
- Test the suspect material.
- Restrict the removal area and put a sign stating that an asbestos removal work is being performed.
- Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and a P2 respirator mask during the work.
- Wet the contaminated material by spraying water before starting the work. This is to prevent the fibres from becoming airborne.
- Remove the material carefully and then slowly lower it to the ground to avoid it from breaking,
- Wrap the removed material in a 200-micron plastic.
- Clean the removal area and debris prior, during and after the removal.
- Transport and dispose of the waste in an EPA-approved facility.
Our Asbestos Removal Launceston Team have years of experience in removing domestic, industrial and commercial asbestos throughout Launceston. To help you manage the budget for your asbestos removal project, we are keen to give you a free quote. Call us directly or fill in our quote form to get an estimate for your project!
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