Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fibre. Used previously across a range of industries in Australia, it is known to have more than 3,000 applications worldwide. Australia was one of the highest users of asbestos per capita in the world until the mid 1980’s. This widespread use of asbestos has left a legacy of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in our built environment. Manufactured products where asbestos can be found include, but are not limited to:
- Attic and wall insulation containing vermiculite
- Vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives
- Textured paint and patching compounds used on wall and ceilings
- Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets
- Hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape
- Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets with asbestos insulation
- Heat-resistant fabrics
- Asbestos fragments in soil
Asbestos – Legislative Guidelines
The guidelines in Australia that covers asbestos management includes, but is not limited to:
- Safe Removal of Asbestos 2nd Edition [NOHSC: 2002 (2005)]
- Code of Practice for the Management and Control of Asbestos in the Workplace [NOHSC:2018(2005)]
The safe removal of asbestos guidance provides advice for the safe removal of asbestos and ACM from buildings, structures, plant and equipment, and vehicles. It identifies legal obligations, and should be applied whenever any amount of asbestos or ACM is to be removed from a workplace.
Who Can Remove Asbestos?
Who can and who should remove asbestos are two different questions that should be asked when considering asbestos management. An unlicensed person may remove non-friable (bonded) asbestos material if the area does not exceed 10m2 and the total time over which the removal is performed does not exceed one hour in any 7 day period. Is it worth the risk?
An appropriately licensed and experienced asbestos removalist should remove your asbestos. Licensed asbestos removalists have had specialist training to ensure the removal of asbestos is safe and professional and that all professional responsibilities that apply to their work are met.
Australian Enviro Services are licensed, trained and experienced in the removal of non-friable (bonded) and friable asbestos. If you need to discuss anything about asbestos management please just give us a call or Click here and we will call you back.