Asbestos contaminated materials removal

In the late 1980s, asbestos was widely used in constructing many Australian buildings without being known to be a hazardous material. Because of its fire-resistant properties, the material became famous in the construction industry. After realizing the danger, the Australian government banned the use of asbestos and asbestos-containing products on December 31, 2003.

If you live or work in a place built in the late 1980s, chances are you have asbestos. Materials in old cars, machinery and telecommunications panels may also contain asbestos. Before asbestos removal, it is necessary to identify the type of asbestos present in the premises, which can be divided into the following categories:

Non-friable asbestos (also known as “bonded”)

Typically, asbestos materials are bound to a solid material, like cement or vinyl. You may see it used in the form of vinyl floor tiles and cement sheets. If asbestos-containing materials are sealed in good condition, they are thought to be very low risk because they do not emit asbestos fibres into the air.

Friable asbestos

When asbestos-containing materials are crushed and ground into powder after drying by hand pressure alone, the result is the release of asbestos fibers. Friable asbestos products can be found in the form of loose insulation and asbestos rope.