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Asbestos is a naturally occurring material that is easy to find in older homes, roofs, insulation, walls, plumbing, and other construction materials.

Asbestos is known as a cancer-causing agent posing a risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma for people with exposure to the material. While there are a couple of classes of this material, each type is dangerous for home and property owners.

Safe Work Australia advises that any property owner finding asbestos in a space larger than a 10m by 10m area must contact a third party removal company.

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Safe asbestos removal for Perth and surrounding communities

Thorough and safe disposal of asbestos is important for keeping families and businesses safe from the harmful effects of exposure to this toxic chemical.

We are fully licensed and insured to effectively and carefully remove asbestos-containing materials and safely dispose of the items. Our complete remediation plan ensures full cleanup of the property and removal using our skip bin team.

Steps in asbestos removal

  • Detecting asbestos and identifying the extent of the risk
  • Sampling of suspect surfaces and materials to determine full spread of asbestos
  • Correctly assessing the risk of the toxin
  • Determine the class of asbestos for correct remediation protocol
  • Suiting up in protective equipment and securing the affected zone
  • Correctly removing and wrapping the asbestos for removal
  • Disposing of the material and safety clothing for complete remediation

Asbestos FAQs

Asbestos is a mineral with six different types, including white, brown, and blue asbestos. All kinds of asbestos have millions of fibres and are commonly found in rock, soil, and sediment. It was a common building material up until the late 1980s because of its heat and corrosion resistance with good insulating properties. Plant machinery and equipment contained asbestos, as well, until 2003.

The naked eye cannot see asbestos fibres. They are very light, allowing the wind to carry them over to long distances. If your house was built before the mid-1980s, it highly likely contains asbestos. For homes constructed between the mid-1980s to 1990, there is a possibility, as well.

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Australia was one of the countries in the world with the highest rates of asbestos use per capita until the mid-1980s. The mineral was mined for years until about 1984. The country imported approximately 1.5 million tonnes of asbestos from 1930 to 1983.

Asbestos has been banned in Australia since 31 December 2003. Both importation and use of the material are illegal. However, there are a few exceptions, including the use of asbestos as permitted by the WorkSafe Commissioner and handling for disposal of this mineral.

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Asbestos is not a safe material and has been linked to many health problems. The invisible fibres are airborne, increasing the risk of exposure. Studies have shown that background air contains anywhere from 10 to 200 asbestos fibres per 1,000 litres.

Asbestos fibres can lead to diseases, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. The risk factors include the concentration of fibres inhaled by the person, exposure frequency, type of fibre, and the individual’s health and genetics.

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If you have discovered asbestos in your home or office, you should not touch it. Stay away as far as possible, especially if you’re not wearing PPE, such as a mask. Touching asbestos can create dust, which is exactly what you should avoid. You may unknowingly inhale asbestos fibres from the dust. The material is not dangerous if it is not damaged. If there are no signs of wear and tear, it is best to leave it alone.

Asbestos is not always a health risk. For example, internal cement sheets containing asbestos may still be in excellent condition. With coats of paint and asbestos undisturbed or damaged, it is not often a cause for concern.

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Handling asbestos on your own may be cheaper than hiring an asbestos removal company, but it is not an easy task. You do not need to hire a removalist with a licence if asbestos is non-friable or in good condition. If it is in a small quantity, then removal can quick, but safety precautions must be in place. Contamination may happen, but it is usually minor and may not cause severe problems for most people.

However, it is always best to seek help from licenced individuals, especially in dealing with more than 10 square metres of asbestos. The removalist should be experienced and is knowledgeable about the material. The right tools and methods should be used since there is never room for mistakes when handling asbestos.

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You can legally remove asbestos without the help of a professional from your own home if it is less than or equal to 10 square metres (non-friable only). However, there are specific requirements that you must follow to ensure you are protecting your health and safety.

Wear appropriate PPE, particularly an Australian Standards P2 (minimum_ disposable mask and coveralls. Do not use power tools, except if you’re removing screws. Fibro sheets should be wet down first to reduce the creation and movement of dust. Seal the sheets in plastic, ideally one that’s construction-grade. Contact Backyard Bins to help you with the disposal of asbestos.

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Have a plan to ensure that asbestos will not be disturbed during the renovation. If you believe it is unavoidable, you should contact a licenced asbestos removalist company to get rid of asbestos before you do your home improvement project.

If you accidentally break asbestos while in the process of renovating, the safest thing to do is remove dust using a damp cloth. Wipe the dust and put the fabric in two plastic bags. Secure them together to make sure that the fibres cannot escape. Put them immediately in the skip bin.

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Suppose you have discovered that someone, it should be reported to SafeWork Australia straightaway. SafeWork is the regulatory authority for worksite incidents involving asbestos. The council investigates homes, as well.

Before your complaint, make sure that the person is truly mishandling asbestos. The absence of mask, overalls, and other PPE, working on a windy day, and using power tools are just some of the unsafe ways of dealing with the material.

Why Choose Backyard Bins for commercial asbestos removal?

  • Available 7 days a week
  • Competitive fees
  • Same day assistance in many cases
  • Over 15 years experience in the Perth community
  • Asbestos remediation and removal expertise including safe handling procedures and disposal practices
  • Locally-owned
  • Family operated
  • Serving commercial and residential clients

 

Consult our asbestos remediation team for asbestos testing and removal services. You can reach us all week on (08) 9437 3733.

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