Does Your Workplace Have Asbestos?

Man in the process of asbestos removal

Asbestos fibres are dangerous to health if inhaled. The three main diseases associated with exposure to asbestos are asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos refers to fibrous silicate minerals that occur naturally in the environment. The three main types are chrysotile, crocidolite and amosite. Asbestos was a common component of manufacturing, industrial and construction projects in Australia from the 1940s to the late 1980s. It was used in more than three thousand types of product as a durable material offering good fire-resistant and insulation properties.

Asbestos Containing Material

An asbestos-containing material (ACM) is an object that is part of a design or structure that contains one or more of the silicate minerals. A large amount of ACM is still present in workplaces and domestic properties. It’s crucial for employers to be aware of any ACMs in their offices or factories, especially if the building was constructed or renovated during or before the 1980s.

In the past, companies that manufactured asbestos cement roofing, external and internal wall cladding and moulded downpipes were the main users of ACM. Other common ACM included vinyl floor tiles, industrial epoxy paint products, and loosely bound insulation materials.

Identifying and Removing Asbestos

Today, the ultimate goal is for all workplaces to be free of ACM. All ACM must be removed from the building or workplace before undertaking any other refurbishment or demolition. If you are uncertain about the presence of ACM, take a precautionary approach and assume that it is an ACM. A sample of the suspect material needs professional analysis to confirm if it is hazardous. After identifying all the ACM in your workplace, the area should be cordoned off and clearly visible warning signs installed.

If you are considering the removal of ACM during building maintenance or workplace refurbishment, you will require government-licensed, expert contractors. Asbestos removal professionals will identify, label and document ACM in your workplace. Depending on the condition of the ACM, they will help you create an asbestos management plan that includes safe procedures for removal and disposal.

Prohibited Activities in Asbestos Removal

Due to the danger of asbestos fibres, the law prohibits asbestos removal unless the people hired hold an approved license. When finding a licensed asbestos disposal firm, check their reputation and make sure they comply with safety requirements. Their first task should be preparing an asbestos management plan for your workplace. Standard procedures during removal include the use of protective clothing and equipment, signs and barricades and implementing an accredited waste disposal procedure. After safely removing all ACM, the protective clothing must remain at the workplace until safely stored in a sealed container and removed to be commercially sterilised.

Equipment used when removing ACM, such as high pressure water jets, power tools, brooms and brushes can only be used when the conditions comply with established standards for the amount of fibre exposure.

Contact Licensed Asbestos Removal Experts

Are you searching for a reliable asbestos removal firm in Perth? Contact EOSH Consulting for professional asbestos removal services. We are a leading provider of integrated asbestos risk management solutions and removal. Our approach to removing asbestos is designed to guarantee the safety and health of our clients. We take care to minimise the disruption of our clients’ operations.

Call 0451 431 077 or 08 9288 1831 to inquire about our services.