Specialist Services – Asbestos Removal

Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) was used extensively in Australian buildings and structures, plant and equipment, ships, trains and motor vehicles during the 1950s, 60s, 70 and early 80s and uses including friction materials and gaskets were only discontinued on 31 December 2003.

As a guide, homes built from 1988 onwards should be asbestos free, while homes built before 1984 may contain significant asbestos sources.

Asbestos Products found Around the Home
Asbestos can be loosely or firmly bound in older homes. Firmly bound asbestos may be found in the following materials:

  • Exterior fibre cement cladding (Fibro) and weather boards (pre 1984)

  • Roof tiles

  • Artificial brick cladding

  • Flexible building boards – eave linings, bathroom linings, cement tile underlay

  • All corrugated cement roofing

  • Flue pipes

  • Architectural cement pipe columns

  • Texture paint

  • Vinyl floor tiles or coverings

  • Asbestos cement water pipes

  • Mill board linings of switchboards

  • Sprayed Insulation – Acoustic walls, beams and ceilings

Asbestos Removal

The removal of Asbestos Containing Material can be a high risk process because there is often a significant disturbance of the asbestos containing material and thus a potential for exposure to respirable airborne asbestos fibres.

A high degree of control is therefore essential for the safe removal of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM). People within the asbestos work area need to have protection that is adequate to control the exposure risk at the same time ensuring no asbestos contamination occurs outside the asbestos work area.

The work practices and precautions that need to be adopted for the removal of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) vary considerably, depending on the type of ACM involved, the conditions and location.

Due to the complexity and nature of the removal process we highly recommended that any asbestos removal is Project Managed by an organisation that is licensed or competent in the removal of asbestos.

Asbestos Licence

Bonded Asbestos Removal – for the removal of 10m2 or more of bonded asbestos can only be done by the holder of a “B” Class licence. This licence is issued to applicants who can demonstrate they are familiar with the practices and procedures for removing bonded asbestos set out in the asbestos removal code.

A person that is carrying out the removal of bonded asbestos is not required to hold a “B” class licence if the person is directly supervised by an “A” Class license holder.

Note: Although an individual does not need to hold a “B” class licence for the removal of bonded asbestos under 10m2, this doesn’t mean that asbestos containing material is any safer to remove or the exposure to deadly airborne fibres does not exist.

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