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Asbestos Waste Removal And Remediation
Latest News reported that the asbestos legacy of the past has created bigger problems for remote Indigenous communities. The report finds that asbestos-containing material (ACM) poisoning is still a big risk in remotes areas like North Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, NSW and Queensland.
Since the late 1800s, friable ACM products have been extensively used in commercial and industrial settings for fire resistance, soundproofing and insulation. Its affordability and unique quality attracted many industries to use the products. The material is known for its flexibility, versatility and insulating capability.
It was estimated that there are more than 3000 applications of ACMs worldwide. Australia is one of the highest users among the countries in the world until the mid-1980s.
The famous product of AC is fibro, shorts for fibrous cement sheet. It was used mainly for roofing, wall cladding, fences and ceilings. Among six types of ACMs, chrysotile and crocidolite were largely mined in Australia up to the late 1984. Between 1930 and 1983, nearly 1.5 million tonnes of all types of ACMs were imported to Australia.
The material was banned on December 31, 2003. The total ban applied to manufacture, import, transport, use, reuse, sale or storage of ACM in all forms.
The ban is expected to stop any kind of use of fibrous products in the construction industry. However, the reality speaks differently. The material still could be found to be installed in some buildings. According to authorities, dozens of Australians premises are contaminated by ACMs that were imported illegally from China.
The information is a call for a serious awareness concerning the presence of fibrous materials within the recently built buildings. Thus, survey and testing become priority actions that needed to be done immediately before the ACM causes more health risks to more people.
Deana Song – deanastruggle