If you know or suspect that you have asbestos present in your property, your first step should be to contact us. We provide assistance and advice throughout the process, and can help you with our years of asbestos management experience.
Addressing any asbestos issues and ensuring the safety of the occupants is your responsibility if you own, lease or manage a building that is not used for habitation.
Asbestos management and the safe and timely removal of the material from the workplace is regulated under several important acts, including the 1984 Occupational Safety and Health Act. Of course, the safety of anyone who uses the building is one of the most important factors, as contact with the fibres in asbestos can be extremely hazardous. An asbestos management plan must be developed for any building that contains asbestos, or is suspected to contain asbestos.
Whether you run a business or are a homeowner in Perth, WA, we can safely and efficiently identify any asbestos risks in your building and devise a plan to eliminate the threat. Satisfying the legal requirements is important, and you can be assured that our asbestos management plan adheres to all regulations and policies.
In December 2003, workplace health and safety laws all over Australia were modified to reflect a country wide ban on the use or manufacture of asbestos. The ban includes the use of asbestos in other materials.
Some other countries still continue to use asbestos in their construction industry, and some of these materials still find their way across the border and into Australia, despite the ban in this country.
Asbestos was once common in many products and industries, including floor and ceiling tiles, paints, sealants and coatings, roofing materials and other packing components. The automotive industry manufactured brake linings and clutch facings that contained asbestos, and electrical switchboards, fire protection products, and electrical wire insulation products are also potentially hazardous. Many people associate asbestos with the construction industry and before the material was banned in Australia, it was widely used to make pipes for sewage and water supply, cement sheeting, and the underlying material used in sheet flooring.
The early 1980s saw the phasing out of asbestos flat sheeting, following the widespread removal from general production. 1985 saw cladding and roofing products that contained asbestos being withdrawn, and from 1987 onwards, asbestos was not used in the piping industry. Asbestos wasn’t used in brake pads or linings from 2003 onwards.
The supply, use, transportation, installation, or sale of products containing asbestos is now prohibited, and asbestos is no longer used in any new materials or products.
However, it continues to be a problem in older buildings. Contact our experts today if you suspect you have asbestos present in your property.