3 Actionable Ways To Be Safe With Asbestos

Asbestos was a popular building material because of its wide range of uses and properties, its lightweight, strong, flexible, insulating and affordable to name a few. So why was Asbestos banned in Australia?

 

Asbestos was banned in Australia between the mid-1980’s and 2003 because of its health risks, when broken asbestos releases sharp fibres into the air which when inhaled cause abrasions and scarring in the lungs, this scarring can lead to a plethora of diseases decades after inhalation including but not limited to:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Asbestosis or fibrotic lung disease
  • Mesothelioma
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Testes Cancer
  • Pleural plaques
  • Pleural thickening

This is why it is very important to be safe when dealing with asbestos, so here are 3 ways you can be safe when dealing with asbestos.

 

  1. Test It

The first step in keeping yourself and your family safe when dealing with asbestos is to know if you have it and where it is. Remember it is very difficult to identify asbestos by eye alone so it is very highly suggested you contact a accredited professional to take samples for testing. Asbestos professionals can come to you, take as many samples as needed of any suspected asbestos and take them to a NATA accredited laboratory for testing, Asbestos Testing Brisbane. These tests can take as little as 24 hours to complete although multiple samples may take longer to achieve accurate results. When testing is complete your accredited asbestos professional will inform you of the results and talk you through any current risks to you or your family, after this they will go through some of your options to deal with the asbestos.

 

  1. Know Your Options

So you have asbestos in your home, now what? It’s important to know all your options so you can pick the best one for your family, your situation and your budget. There are four ways you can deal with asbestos in your home:

  • Enclosure- Enclosing the asbestos involves a professional enclosing the asbestos in a airtight container (Usually made of wood and plastic sheeting) to ensure no fibres are released into the air. This however is not a long term option. However this is a good option if the asbestos is dangerous and you need to be in the home, if you want to think over your options or have to acquire the money for another option.
  • Leaving the Asbestos- Believe it or not some asbestos can simply be left where it is, if the asbestos is in good condition and undamaged then it poses no risk to you, however it is recommended to check on the asbestos regularly and be extra careful around it to ensure no breakages or damage. This does mean that you can’t renovate that area however.
  • Encapsulation- Encapsulating asbestos involves using a sealant to seal the asbestos both on the surface and in the asbestos to ensure that if the asbestos is damaged or broken that the fibres will remain bonded and not become airborne to be inhaled. This is often a popular option for roofs as its often cheaper then a full removal and replacement and can give the appearance of a fresh coat of paint. This method can also be used for asbestos that would be too hazardous to remove.
  • Removal- Finally the most popular option and well known of course would be removal, this is best done by a team of professionals to ensure no fibres are released into the area and that the asbestos is disposed of with respect to your state or territories laws and regulations, asbestos removal and demolition brisbane.

 

 

  1. ALWAYS Use A Professional

The best tip you’ll ever receive in regards to asbestos is to use a professionally accredited service, accredited professionals know how to remove and deal with asbestos with the best regard for their and your safety and what rules and regulations are in effect in your area. They are also aware of the disposal rules and how to dispose of the asbestos in the most environmentally friendly manner without you even having to worry about it. So if you want to keep yourself and your family safe this is THE BEST tip out there.

 

Further Reading:

https://www.iasbestosremovalbrisbane.com.au/asbestos-information/

https://www.comcare.gov.au/preventing/hazards/chemical_hazards/asbestos/asbestos_frequently_asked_questions

http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Publications_and_Forms/Publications/Chemical_and_Hazardous_Substances/Asbestos_Information_Sheet.html

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/asbestos-toc~asbestos-further-info~asbestos-lic-removal-demo-info

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