Asbestos removal Melbourne – Asbestos is a word that can strike fear into a potential buyer. The presence of this hazardous material in your property can potentially derail the property transaction. Moreover, if your buyer finds out that you were aware of the presence of fibrous material but failed to inform them, they could hold you liable for a misleading omission and seek the cost of having the materials removed, as well as any other related expenses.
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Asbestos is a naturally occurring material in the environment and is a collective name used to refer to various fibrous silicate compounds. The use of it began almost 4000 years ago, but the large-scale use of ACM only began in the late 19th century due to the industrial revolution and trends towards modern buildings. For many years, it was commonly used in residential and commercial properties that were built or renovated before 1986 in Australia.
It was widely used because of its excellent mechanical properties that make fibre appealing for many construction agencies. It is fire and water-resistant, has a good tensile strength, as well as good affordability. It can commonly be found in roofing, fencing, cement sheeting, exterior and interior walls, paints, and insulations.
The model WHS Regulations set out the training and competency requirements for asbestos assessors, asbestos removal workers and supervisors.
Under the model WHS Regulations two licences have been established— Class A and Class B.
Businesses with a Class Alicence are permitted to remove all types of asbestos, including both friable and non-friable asbestos.
Businesses with a Class Blicence can only remove non-friable asbestos.
Generally, the Victorian regulation permits an employer or self-employed person to perform an elimination in Melbourne without a license if:
Friable asbestos is material containing asbestos that when dry, is in powder form or may be crushed or pulverised into powder form by hand pressure. This material poses a higher risk of exposing people to airborne asbestos fibres.
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007, a self-employed person can conduct a limited amount of asbestos removal work without a licence if: