Asbestos Awareness Month

Date Posted:1 November 2015 

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If you are renovating a home built before 1987, you are very likely to have asbestos in the walls, ceilings (or both). There was Asbestos products used up until 31 December 2003, when the use of all forms of asbestos in Australia was completely banned.

 

November is Asbestos Awareness Month and co-incidentally, I had need to remove a small amount of asbestos recently (small off-cuts left in a roof space, completed at least 15 years ago).

After receiving professional advice and further 'research' on-line, the following will help if you are considering doing the same.
If the amount to be removed is more than 10 square metres of asbestos materials, or removal cannot be completed in less than one hour,  you must obtain a work certificate.

There is no cure for asbestosis, so, prevention is paramount.
Please consider a small investment in PPE Safety Gear (which should all be wrapped and disposed properly along with the asbestos) at your nearest facility once completed.

As a minimum, you should wear:

  • Asbestos rated Disposable Coveralls;
  • Rubber Gloves;
  • Enclosed Footwear (preferably with overboots); otherwise footwear will require cleaning or disposal;
  • P2 Disposable Mask; however, I would recommend wearing a half-mask respirator as this provides a better fit, and, can be worn until all protective clothing has been removed once the asbestos has been properly wrapped; and
  • Protective eyewear (preferably goggles, depending on dust level)

We have all these products available for purchase on our website

 

Home Renovators

There are a number of guides prepared for the home renovator, including -

General Information on Asbestos
Wearing PPE Safety Equipment

A Guide for Householders and the General Public

Laws affecting the handling and removal of asbestos by home owners, renovators and owner builders were introduced on 18 June 2007 and may vary from State to State.

If you are thinking about working with or removing a material that contains asbestos, there are some questions you need to consider:

  • If it is in good condition (e.g. undamaged), can you leave it alone?
  • Do you know the alternatives to removing the material containing asbestos (e.g. painting or sealing, covering with a non-asbestos product)?
  • Can you comply with the laws and safe procedures for working with asbestos?
  • Should you use a certified asbestos removalist?

Get all the information you need to answer these questions and more on the Queensland Government website.