Australia didn’t really start cracking down on asbestos until the late 1980’s, and eventually it was completely banned from use in 2003. The downside to this, is that many homes and commercial establishments may have traces of the deadly asbestos fibers still present, and it’s extremely important that if you have an older home, or are getting ready to move into one (or even sell one), you have an inspection done to test for asbestos.
If the tests come back positive, it’s crucial that you have a proper asbestos removal company to get rid of it for you, as it can pose extremely serious risks to your health, and you don’t need to be getting rid of it yourself.
How is Asbestos Dangerous?
Unfortunately, even though it was widely used once it was discovered years ago as a fire-resistant material that was thought to better protect homes from fire hazards like electrical fires, asbestos was proven in studies to be a very hazardous carcinogen. Not only this, but just like fiberglass, it’s small microscopic fibers can actually get into the lungs, and they can actually cause a respiratory condition called asbestosis (it’s like fiberglass dust in the air). Exposure can happen at any time, and you wouldn’t even know it.
How Asbestos Removal Companies Work
When you hire a team of asbestos removal companies, first and foremost make sure they’re licensed and insured. They should have regulatory certificates that allow them to transport hazardous waste, as well as have the proper PPE (personal protective equipment) and tools for the job. You can always ask about this as well. Also, be sure that you ask if every individual that will be assisting in the removal of your asbestos contaminated material if they are covered by liability insurance.
This is to protect you if they should encounter any issues down the road. Once you hire the company, they’ll show up in your establishment in special Hazmat gear and will be able to remove the item, wrap it up properly, and dispose of it in a proper dump bin or truck that is designated strictly for removing hazardous wastes. You don’t need any extra asbestos around, so you’ll notice that they’re going to treat everything they handle like it was a very fragile egg made of glass.
That’s because even the wrong slightest move can actually displace the asbestos and cause it to go airborne, which will mean that it wasn’t completely removed and will leave traces of the harmful silicate behind.
If you’re in Brisbane and in dire need of asbestos removal, you may want to call one of the most reputable asbestos removal companies in the area known as Irwin Asbestos Management (book now) to get the job done properly, efficiently, and safely so that your property is completely healthy for you, your loved ones, or others. They offer removal services at reasonable prices, and if you’re building is build before the 1980’s, you may need to have it inspected for traces of asbestos, which they can offer as well.