Dangers of asbestos
Special precautions need to be taken by anyone needing to disturb any asbestos. There are strict regulations in place for a very good reason and ensuring you and your family or employees are safe is our ultimate goal.
Some people have developed asbestos-related lung disease, such as asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma after inhaling asbestos fibres. These diseases are generally associated with long-term exposure to asbestos in an occupational setting however, we are now seeing the home renovator also contracting these diseases from being exposed to the dangerous fibres whilst renovating there home. These cases are generally with people that renovate and sell, renovate and sell, renovate and sell and they have been exposed on more than one house. There is no documented data to indicate the level of exposure that may cause these health effects therefore, exposure to asbestos fibres or dust should always be kept to a minimum.
What should I do if I find asbestos in my home?
The first thing you need to do is identify if it is damaged, if yes, contact us. If no, assess the risk. Are you going to be disturbing it through renovation of any kind that involves breaking or damaging the sheets in any way? If yes, contact us. If no, it can remain if sealed.
If you are paying a Contractor to do the renovation, they usually need to have an asbestos license. A paid contractor can only remove asbestos for a maximum of 1 hour in 7 days without holding a Class B license.
If you are renovating yourself, and you are the owner of the property, you are still required to follow all of the OH&S regulations and Worksafe compliances. We can provide you with an Asbestos Removal Safety Kit which will assist you to remove it safely. Click Here if you would like more information about our kits.
If you get someone to help you, you are not allowed to pay them. If you do pay them, you will not meet this criteria.