Loose-Fill Asbestos Insulation is Friable & Very Dangerous
Loose-fill asbestos insulation (LFAI) is raw, crushed asbestos that was installed as ceiling insulation during the 1960s and 70s by a number of Canberra-based companies collectively known as Mr Fluffy. About 1,000 homes in the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales are believed to be affected, with the majority concentrated in the ACT area.
However, the companies are also believed to have sold sacks of asbestos fibre insulation to homeowners directly for DIY insulation installations.
Friable asbestos products are generally quite loose and, when dry, can be crumbled into fine material or dust with very light pressure, such as crushing with your hand. These products usually contain high levels of asbestos (up to 100% in some cases), which is loosely held in the product so that the asbestos fibres are easily released into the air.
If disturbed, friable asbestos products are dangerous because the asbestos fibres can get into the air very easily, and may be inhaled by people living or working in the area.
Bonded asbestos products that have been damaged or badly weathered (including hail damage), may also become friable.
Loose-fill asbestos insulation task force
Experts agree that simply removing loose-fill asbestos from the ceiling cavity doesn’t remove the enduring hazard and In 2015, the NSW Government announced the voluntary purchase and demolition program for all NSW residential property owners with LFAI.
Though concentrated in areas close to the ACT border, homes in regions such as Sydney’s Hills District, Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, North Sydney and the northern beaches have tested positive to loose-fill asbestos. Recent discoveries of properties in the greater Newcastle region that have tested positive for loose-fill asbestos has seen the Department of Fair Trading’s Loose-Fill Asbestos Insulation Taskforce launch an awareness campaign about the risk to home owners but more importantly informed licensed real estate agents and buyers agents about the obligations for testing and disclosure that will begin to become more relevant for vendors selling their property.
A public register has also been created for property buyers and investors to check on the Asbestos risk at a given property.
If you are buying a property, doing a renovation or want help relating to non-friable asbestos in your home or office please contact us for a quote for removal and disposal.
Contact NSW State Government Directly for Loose-Fill “Friable” Asbestos
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