Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of soft and flexible fibres that are resistant to heat, electricity and corrosion. Asbestos is an effective insulator, and it can be used in cloth, paper, cement, plastic and other materials to make them stronger. These qualities make the mineral useful, but they also make asbestos exposure highly toxic.
When asbestos dust is inhaled or ingested, mineral fibres can become permanently trapped in the body.
Products containing asbestos were banned in NSW in 2004, but it was widely used as building and insulation material until the mid 1980s. It is often found in Fibro sheeting (flat and corrugated) in walls and ceilings
Water drainage and flue pipes
Roofing shingles and guttering
The backing of floor coverings.
When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air, these fibres are not visible and do not contain a smell so they cannot be detected by the naked eye. When these fibres are inhaled, they are like a barbed fishing hook and cannot be removed once lodged into tissue they can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately; they often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything. This is why it is important that you protect yourself.
There's no way of knowing just by looking at it but as a general rule, some building materials installed before the late 1980s may contain asbestos.
Samples need to be tested and analysed in a lab to determine if asbestos is present. If you’re not sure, treat it as if it is asbestos and take all the necessary precautions.
WorkSafe NSW recommends you employ a licenced asbestos removalist, as these contractors have the skills, knowledge and equipment to do the work safely.
However, if you decide to do the work yourself, do not put yourself or your family at risk, or risk contaminating your house or land. Get the right information and equipment before your start.
Transporting and disposing of asbestos must be in accordance with the relevant State legislation and guidelines. As part of this requirement all asbestos must be contained correctly, transported securely and disposed of at a nearby asbestos disposal facility.
The last thing you want is someone willing to cut corners when it comes to safely removing your asbestos. ABS guarantees that safety will be the focus from start to finish. At ABS Asbestos Removal, we pride ourself on actively demonstrating the 3 x P’s: