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Even though the use of asbestos-containing material (ACM) has been prohibited since 2003 in Australia, many products containing this hazardous substance still exist in many residential and commercial buildings in the Greater Adelaide region. Thus, if you’re planning to do a renovation or demolition project, you need to take extra precautions in case you are dealing with this toxic material by performing a safe removal process.
It is dangerous to attempt the removal work yourself.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that contains tiny and strong fibres used for multiple purposes. It was used mainly during the years between 1920 and 1989, so any structure constructed within those years will most likely contain it.
Continuous exposure to fibres can lead to serious health complications such as increasing the chance of mesothelioma. This means that removing a fibrous substance from your building is an absolute necessity.
Fact #1: Fibre crumbles and flakes very easily
Fact #2: The dangerous health effects of fibre exposure
Fact #3: Only a licensed removalist can remove friable materials
The Role of an Asbestos Removal Contractor
Asbestos removal is typically required before an older building is demolished, prior to any maintenance or renovation that could disturb asbestos containing materials or when asbestos containing materials are damaged. An asbestos removal contractor will determine whether and HSE (Health and Safety Executive) license is required for the job. This type of license is usually necessary when there is a high probability that asbestos fibers will be released into the air during the scheduled work. The removal contractor will assess what is required for removal, perform the removal work and dispose of the hazardous material.
Asbestos removal licences aim to protect workers from asbestos exposure and enforce safe removal practices to protect building occupants and others at the workplace.
Two licences cover the different levels of risk involved in asbestos removal work:
Asbestos removal licence – class A (unlimited).
Asbestos removal licence – class B (limited).