Asbestos is a fibrous material made from silica that was widely used as fireproofing and insulation material during the 20th century. It comes from naturally occurring silicates such as amosite, crocidolite, and chrysotile. Furthermore, it has certain useful qualities such as great fire resistance, good insulator, strong, resistance to chemical attacks, and flexibility. However, asbestos is highly toxic and can cause serious health problems such as mesothelioma, pleural disease, lung cancer, and asbestosis. This is according to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
A Problem That Will Take Years to Solve – Asbestos Disposal Perth
Although the Australian government banned the use of building products that contain asbestos in 1989, some old buildings still have remnants of this hazardous material. This ban did not include the use of asbestos in the manufacture of car parts such as gaskets and brake linings. A complete ban only came into force starting 31 December 2003. In general, one cannot re use, sell, import, store, supply, or install asbestos containing products. Any products containing this hazardous material can remain in place until it becomes necessary to remove them. This means that there are cars on the road, pipes, building insulation, and vinyl floor tiles with asbestos still in use today.
Proper Removal – Perth Asbestos Disposal
It is important to note that the materials described above do not necessarily pose an immediate health risk. They only become a health hazard when they sustain damage and can easily release fibrous materials into the air (in a friable state). The rule of thumb is to hire a licensed company like
asbestos disposal in Perth to remove such materials. If these toxic materials are inside your home, it is advisable not to disturb them at all. Wait for a professional to remove them.
The Experts – Perth Asbestos Disposal
We, the asbestos disposal in Perth experts, have years of experience in removing asbestos containing materials in Perth. This includes adhering to health and safety rules set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2005. This means that we will:
- Store friable waste in an environmentally safe manner.
- Never dispose asbestos waste in domestic bins or commercial skips.
- Keep friable waste in sealed containers.
- Dispose asbestos waste in a legally recognized landfill.
- Transport friable waste in leak proof vehicles.
- Never advocate or engage in the re use or recycling of asbestos waste. In fact, these are mandatory EPA regulations that companies must comply with when handling this toxic material.
Mesothelioma and Asbestosis – Asbestos Disposal in Perth
If you live in a house that has asbestos insulation or old vinyl flooring, it is wise to have such materials removed immediately. You should not wait for the asbestos to deteriorate to have it removed. In a friable state, it can release toxic fibers into the air that can find their way into the lungs and airways of people and increasing the likelihood of developing diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. So it is very crucial to immediately get the services of Perth Asbestos Disposal.
For more information about Asbestos Disposal in Perth, contact us at 08 9443 9583