Concerned About Asbestos Issues?
November (1-30) is National Asbestos Awareness Month which aims to educate Australians about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes. In addition, WorkSafe inspectors in Victoria are visiting more than 800 demolition and construction sites to ensure that work is carried out as safely as possible. In particular, inspectors will verify compliance with the laws associated with construction work and asbestos removal.
Simply living or working in a building that contains asbestos is not dangerous in itself, provided the asbestos is not broken or damaged. It is when the asbestos is disturbed and fibres are released that the risk of exposure arises.
Before renovating or buying a house, therefore, we recommend you arrange a building inspection to identify whether asbestos-containing products are present and if so, what action needs to be taken.
There are a number of places where asbestos can be found, including under floor coverings such as carpets and linoleum, behind floor and wall tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings, eaves, garages and fences, to name a few.
At SPI, we have qualified inspectors who can safely remove up to 10 square metres of asbestos in a non-friable form for testing purposes. It is essential that those removing asbestos understand the nature of the hazard and the strict procedures that need to be followed.
Click here to read our article, “What’s All The Noise About Asbestos?” to provide some basic information about asbestos. And if you have any doubts or concerns about asbestos, please call us today on 1300 721 032 to arrange an inspection.