Asbestos was used widely in building and construction commercial in Australia between the 1940’s and the late 1980’s due to its versatility, strength, fire resistant and insulation properties. It is thought to have more than 3000 different application worldwide. Australia was a high user of asbestos products with an estimated one third of all houses built in the this period contain asbestos products.
The three main types of asbestos are:
- chrysotile (often called white asbestos)
- crocidolite (often called blue asbestos)
- amosite (often called brown asbestos)
However, the risk of asbestos is whether the material is friable and easily airborne, or non friable in which the asbestos fibres are bonded to a substrate and less easily airborne.
The use of all forms of asbestos was not banned until the end of 2003 and as such, the National Safe Work Australia Code of Practice How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace December 2011 states that “an asbestos register is not required if a workplace has been constructed after 31 December 2003 or if no asbestos has been identified”.
This widespread use of asbestos products has left a deadly legacy of asbestos related diseases. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and the inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
It is not possible to determine if a material contains asbestos by visual inspection. The only way to confirm the presence of asbestos is to have the sample tested by a NATA accredited laboratory.
A list of our Asbestos Services is contained on our Asbestos Consulting Flyer
Our Asbestos Services
Staff at Safety Systems have over 25 years experience in Asbestos Management Consulting services to councils, schools, demolition and construction companies, which include:
The employer or owner of the building has a duty of care to document and implement an asbestos management plan. Once an Audit is completed if any asbestos is found, a plan will need to include a register of asbestos containing materials at the workplace, and details of maintenance and service work undertaken on asbestos-containing materials. > More Info
Asbestos Air Monitoring
Air Monitoring maybe carried out to determine that the area where an asbestos removal has occurred contains asbestos airborne levels that are less than the exposure standard before the area is reoccupied. > More Info
A clearance inspection is to ensure all visible asbestos fragments have been removed, to verify if the area is safe for workers use. This must be obtained from an A class licensed asbestos assessor, someone who is independent from you and the licensed asbestos removalist. > More Info
Asbestos in Soil
Asbestos can be found in soil due to inappropriate demolition and/or disposal of asbestos from buildings, or contaminated soil being used as landfill. Safety Systems can provide specialist advice on remedial work and management of asbestos contamination, safe work method statements for remedial work, air monitoring and site supervision. > More Info
Asbestos registers and management plans. The asbestos register is a document that lists all identified – or assumed – asbestos in a workplace. Contact us for assistance in setting up and maintaining your register. > More Info