Historically, asbestos has been incorporated into various products, including construction materials, automobile components, and consumer goods. Industries frequently utilised asbestos due to its durability, insulation properties and fire resistance without being aware of the damaging health effects asbestos fibres cause.
As a result, workers today and the general public are at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma, cancer, lung cancer, and asbestosis when asbestos-containing materials are improperly handled. The likelihood of developing one of these diseases increases with each asbestos exposure.
As a result, strict regulations have been enacted regarding the handling and disposal of asbestos-containing materials in Australia. The purpose of these regulations is to protect employees and the general public from asbestos exposure.
What is an Asbestos Survey, and why is it needed?
Before asbestos removal occurs, a survey is conducted within a building, property, or structure to document asbestos-containing materials. The asbestos survey forms part of the asbestos register documentation. It is crucial to document asbestos locations to track the remediation process. In doing so, appropriate mitigation measures can be taken.
Asbestos products and materials are hazardous to handle. Asbestos fibres can readily become airborne if the material is damaged. To prevent exposure, only certified professionals should conduct asbestos removal. Abatement specialists are highly trained to comply with national and state regulations. There are various control measures that take place as part of the removal process to prevent fibres from becoming airborne. The asbestos will need to be encapsulated before leaving the property and disposed of at an approved facility. It is illegal to dump asbestos-containing materials in council waste management facilities. You may also need to conduct air monitoring during the removal process, especially if your property is near high-risk areas such as schools and other public areas or if the removal work is classified as friable. Global Asbestos Audits can fully assess your property before asbestos removal and advise you on the best strategy for compliance and safety.
Why Property Owners Should Employ an Asbestos Removal Specialist
Fortunately, asbestos use around the world has decreased due to rules, product restrictions, and safer alternatives. However, the public may still be exposed to asbestos during demolition or renovation projects or by using obsolete products and materials. If asbestos is identified, property owners in Australia must engage a company that offers complete asbestos management services, including asbestos removal, where appropriate.
Global Asbestos Audits is an environmental auditing and consulting firm specialising in detailed asbestos registers and management solutions. Our expert procedures and control measures contribute to safe and effective asbestos removal and remediation. If you suspect you have asbestos in your building, please contact us for a full assessment. Most importantly, please do not attempt asbestos removal yourself. Asbestos removal needs to be handled very carefully according to strict regulations to ensure the health and safety of all concerned.