Can I Remove Asbestos Myself?
The question really is, why would you want to? Products containing asbestos can be potentially lethal so it is always better to leave it to the professionals. There is also very clear Government legislation on this.
That said, it is not illegal to remove some BONDED asbestos. This is what the Government says:
‘In accordance with the current legislation in Qld, you can remove asbestos up to but not exceeding 10 square meters of BONDED asbestos. BONDED Asbestos is very different from its counterpart FRIABLE asbestos. FRIABLE asbestos must ONLY be removed by professional asbestos removal teams that hold an A-Class Licence. BONDED asbestos over 10 meters squared can be removed by asbestos removalists carrying either an A or B-Class licence but they MUST have a licence.’
So, can anyone remove asbestos? Yes and no, although here at Zero ASBESTOS we’d rather you left the dangerous stuff to us!
Check out this Government website for more information regarding the laws on asbestos removal:
Can I Dispose Of Asbestos Myself?
There are not only laws concerning the removal of asbestos, but also the disposal of this highly hazardous material. Asbestos can only be taken to authorised facilities and there are strict rules about how it is handled.
Whilst a certain amount of BONDED asbestos may be removed by a non-professional, it is not recommended. When it comes to disposal, you must abide by laws concerning transport, handling, protective clothing and more, and be prepared to pay substantial fees.
The team at Zero ASBESTOS has all the necessary licenses and equipment to safely remove and dispose of asbestos legally, whatever the amount.
Can You Test For Asbestos Yourself?
There is currently no onsite testing available for asbestos. The only way a definitive result can be given is by taking samples and having them laboratory-tested.
Zero ASBESTOS offers the full range of asbestos removal and replacement services, including fully inclusive asbestos testing. We will take samples from your site and have them tested at a NATA accredited laboratory. We will have the results back to you within 48 hours.
If you are planning to carry out construction work on a building that was built before 1990, we highly recommend contacting us for professional asbestos testing. There are laws concerning asbestos audits and management plans – contact us if you need advice concerning your project.
Does My Home Have Asbestos?
Checking whether there is asbestos in your home is a smart move, especially if you are planning to carry out renovations or building work.
If your building was constructed before 1990, it is quite likely it contains asbestos products. And remember, asbestos wasn’t banned in Australia until 2003!
Just the thought of having asbestos in their home is very frightening for most people, especially families with young children. If the asbestos is damaged it can release its deadly fibres into the air.
What To Do If You Find Asbestos
As far as we’re concerned, dealing with asbestos is best left to the professionals. We have the knowledge, experience, equipment and protective wear to safely remove and replace asbestos.
If you think you have found asbestos in your building just leave it alone and contact Zero ASBESTOS immediately.
Where Is The Asbestos?
In Australia, around 3,000 products were made using asbestos so it could be anywhere! Asbestos is found in all types of building materials, from roof shingles and guttering to fences and sheds. It might even be present in poured cement.
The most likely places to find asbestos in your building is in the external cladding, wall and ceiling sheeting, putty around the window sills, floor adhesive and more.
What You Need To Know About Asbestos
The most important thing you need to know about asbestos is that you can’t identify it just by looking at it. Because it comes in many forms and contains tiny fibres, it could be anywhere. What’s more, the fibres are generally not visible to the naked eye.
If you suspect you have found asbestos, it is crucially important to leave it alone and get it tested professionally by Zero ASBESTOS. If the material is already damaged this becomes a priority.
Do not attempt to remove the asbestos yourself
What Can Asbestos Do To You?
When asbestos is broken or damaged it releases tiny fibres into the air which can be easily inhaled. When these fibres reach your lungs they will start to cause a very dangerous reaction.
Unfortunately, there are no immediate signs that you have inhaled asbestos fibres. Over time, however, you may develop shortness of breath, tightness in your chest, dry cough, loss of appetite and other symptoms.
Long-term exposure to unsafe asbestos can lead to very serious diseases, such as lung cancer, asbestosis, pleura and mesothelioma.
With so many Australian buildings constructed using asbestos products, it is a wise move to always seek professional advice if you are planning to renovate or extend; remember, asbestos fibres can be disturbed simply by drilling into a wall.
If you’re unsure ALWAYS ask the professionals and get an asbestos test done.