All homes and commercial properties that are found to have asbestos in Australia must adhere to strict legislation passed by the Australian Government.
The model WHS Act has been amended to ensure WHS regulators have appropriate powers to deal with asbestos fixed or installed in a workplace after the prohibition on asbestos came into effect on 31 December 2003.
A bill was passed that banned the import, sale, installation or storage of asbestos products.
Asbestos was a popular building product in Australia from the 1920s through to the 1980s, and inspections should be conducted on all properties built before 1990. With the import of asbestos materials up to the end of 2003, it is recommended that any building constructed or renovated prior to this period be inspected for possible asbestos containing materials and products.
The experienced asbestos specialists here at AHI Asbestos Consultants can provide all compulsory reports and services needed for the safe identification, reporting and management of asbestos containing materials and products.
When asbestos has been confirmed on a property, a report must be presented to the PCBU – Person conducting a business or undertaking – the person or company in charge of overseeing asbestos control and if necessary the disposal.
For a complete rundown on government compliance asbestos reports and our comprehensive asbestos inspection and reporting services, contact our expert technicians today.
There are two main types of asbestos materials; bonded (non-friable), and non-bonded (friable). A bonded asbestos product in good condition does not usually present much risk while intact.
Friable asbestos, however, can be easily broken down by hand and crumbled into pieces and usually has a very high fibre content. When this material is broken or damaged, it allows minute asbestos particles and fibres to become airborne, which poses significant risks, such as cancer, especially in the lungs and stomach.
Examples of bonded asbestos products may include
These are just some examples of the more than 3000 products that may still contain asbestos in high volumes that may be found in aging properties. The only way to know for sure if you are dealing with an asbestos product is a professional inspection and NATA accredited laboratory testing.
Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor that is caused by inhaled asbestos fibers and forms in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. The life expectancy for most Mesothelioma patients is approximately 12 months after diagnosis. Other cancers that have been linked to asbestos, include:
Another significant risk of inhaling asbestos particles is a condition called Asbestosis, which creates long term scarring to the lungs and results in chronic lung disease. Asbestosis is caused by breathing in asbestos fibers. There is no cure for Asbestosis.
Here at AHI Asbestos Consultants, we offer total asbestos identification and reporting solutions. Examples of our other services include:
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