AsClear Pty Ltd provide asbestos removal services, specialising in the safe removal of friable and non-friable asbestos.
Whether you need a few sheets of asbestos safely removed from a house that you’re renovating, taking down an old garden shed/garage or a large area removed from an industrial site, we have the experience, licensing and insurance requirements to ensure a safe and compliant removal.
With full accreditation and licensing to removal asbestos by WorkSafe Victoria and the Environmental Protection Authority Victoria, asbestos is removed safely providing peace of mind to you and your family.
To reduce the risk of expensive removal and exposure to asbestos, it is important to learn about the possible presence and the condition of asbestos in your structure. We know there is a great deal of misunderstanding surrounding the dangers of asbestos, but our team are well-versed in answering and addressing our clients’ questions about asbestos, as well as questions from homeowners and business owners alike.
Take a look at some of our asbestos removal projects.
What is ACM and how is it defined?
ACM stands for asbestos-containing material. ACM is defined as any material containing more than 1% asbestos. Out of the six primary types of asbestos, Chrysotile makes up 95% of all asbestos in use. Chrysotile is used in roofs, ceilings, walls, and floors of homes and businesses.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the generic name for six naturally occurring minerals that have been used in commercial products for their strength, flexibility, low electrical conductivity, and resistance to heat and chemicals. Three types of asbestos were mined in Australia: white, blue and brown asbestos.
In Australia, asbestos cement materials were first manufactured in the 1920’s and were commonly used in the manufacture of residential building materials from the mid-1940’s until the late 1980’s.
Australia banned the use or import of blue and brown asbestos or asbestos products in the mid-1980s, and banned all manufacture or import of white asbestos products in December 2003. From 31 December 2003, the total ban on manufacture, use, reuse, import, transport, storage or sale of all forms of asbestos came into force.
What’s the difference between friable and non-friable asbestos?
Something is an ACM if it contains more than one percent asbestos, as determined by a testing method called Polarized Light Microscopy. When dry, an ACM is considered friable if it can be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure. If it can’t, it’s considered non-friable ACM.
What are asbestos fibres?
An asbestos fibre is a particulate form of asbestos that is five micrometers or longer, with a length-to-diameter ratio of 3 to 1. Disturbed fibres may become airborne and remain airborne for long periods of time due to their size, shape, and low density—which makes them undetectable by the naked eye.
What are the health risks associated with asbestos in my building?
Health risks are presented when asbestos fibres become airborne, increasing the chance of inhalation. Upon inhalation, asbestos fibres build up in the lungs and make it difficult to breathe. Asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer are three of the most common and most serious health issues associated with asbestos exposure.
Undisturbed asbestos fibres are unlikely to pose health risks to occupants of the building. As long as it is in good condition, asbestos fibers should not become airborne, therefore decreasing the risk of inhalation.
How do I know if Asbestos is present?
As a General Rule, if a building is built or constructed:
- Prior to the mid-1980s – it is highly likely that it has asbestos-containing products
- Between the mid-1980s and 1990 – it is likely that is has asbestos-containing products
- After 1990 – it is unlikely that it has asbestos-containing products
Where are you likely to find asbestos in the home, Factories & Garages?
- Asbestos Roofing
- Internal & External Wall Cladding
- Bathroom Asbestos
- Laundry Asbestos
- Kitchen Asbestos
- Commercial Asbestos Removal
- Vinyl Tiles
- Asbestos Fencing
- AC Sheet
- Garden Sheds
- And MORE
Is the Asbestos Removal Industry Regulated?
As a minimum all asbestos removalists must hold a WorkSafe approved Licence to Operate as an Asbestos Removalist which meet the requirements of the OHS Act 2004 and the OHS Regulations 2017 (4.4 Asbestos). In addition, WorkSafe Compliance Codes for Removing Asbestos in Workplaces and Managing asbestos in workplaces provide a guide as to the requirements under the Regulations.
What is the process if I suspect asbestos?
Asbestos Testing – involves the collection of suspected asbestos fibre samples by a professional for analysis in a specialist laboratory approved by NATA. Non-friable asbestos samples can be collected and delivered to a specialist laboratory in sealed labelled containers for analysis. Samples should be approximately half the size of your palm. We do not recommend the taking of friable asbestos samples, such as pipe lagging, due to the increased level of risk involved.
Part 6 Audit – Building Audit – A Division 6 Audit is a destructive / invasive audit, which generally includes the identification of all hazardous building materials (PCB’s, Lead, SMF etc.), prior to demolition or refurbishment.
Part 5 Audit – Building Audit – is a destructive / invasive audit specifically relating to asbestos material.
Acceptance of Quote
Preparation is the key to a smooth process. We value communication and will discuss issues such as access to your premises, power and water availability and so on to safeguard high standards and ensure that the work is to be conducted as per the OHS Regulations 2017 4.4.
- Date and Plan of Action
- WorkSafe Notification
- Notice to Neighbours, people in immediate/adjacent vicinity
- Preparation of the Control Plan
- Visual Inspection/Clearance Certificate
- EPA – Waste Transport Certificates
- Disposal at EPA approved site
WorkSafe Notification Requirements
The Asbestos Removalist MUST notify Work Safe with at least 5 days clear notice of the commencement of works for all friable removals and non-friable in advance. For non-friable removal of less than 10 square metres, at least 24 hours’ notice must be given.
Notice to Neighbours
To alleviate any concerns that may arise notices will be hand delivered to neighbouring properties in advance of the removal providing notice of the impending removal. The notice advises the date and location of the removal and notes that the removal items are defined as non-friable asbestos containing materials; bound asbestos within another medium, all work will be implemented against the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 Part 4.4 – Asbestos.
Management and Control Plan
The document is prepared as a means to identify the site-specific control measures a licence holder will use to ensure employees and other people are not at risk when removal work is being conducted. This control plan will assist the removal is carried out in a safe manner.
A Clearance Certificate is a written statement confirming the asbestos removal area and the area surrounding has been cleared satisfactorily and safe to occupy. A Certificate MUST be obtained prior to a person re-occupying the area where removal work has been done in relation to any quantity of friable or non-friable ACM greater than 10 square metres. For specific information in relation to the requirements of the Certificate please refer to WorkSafe Compliance Code – Removing Asbestos in Workplaces.
For peace of mind, a Clearance Certificate for non-friable asbestos removal work less than10 square metres can be obtained; completed by an independent person stating there is no visible asbestos residue remaining as a result of the asbestos removal work.
Asbestos Air Monitoring is an assessment of the air quality with regards to asbestos fibres. The Health and Safety Regulations require background and clearance monitoring for friable removal jobs only.
Air monitoring involves collecting and sampling airborne asbestos, a process which accurately assesses one’s exposure to hazardous fibres or the level of effectiveness of the current asbestos management system; this includes both control monitoring and exposure monitoring.
Air monitoring is not intended to be used as a preventive or a real time control measure, but as a check in order to ensure that control procedures are operating satisfactorily and that employees, contractors and members of the public are not being exposed to harmful environments.
Air Monitoring gives us a result that can be compared to the occupational exposure standard of 0.1 f/ml.
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