Asbestos Exposure Risks

DIY Renovation: Asbestos Exposure Risks

News media often run articles on the risks of exposure to asbestos from DIY renovators. These articles highlight the often unknown risks people are taking by either doing their own asbestos removal or are simply being unaware of the health related issues when performing demolition and renovations in their residence.

People in NSW need to be made aware of these risks and should contact a professional to do an inspection and possible removal of the asbestos if found. By choosing to DIY you are taking risks of developing long term serious health issues such as mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the lungs and abdomen. There is no cure for this disease and it is most often terminal.

Contact 1st Choice Asbestos Removal on 0402 831 906 or fill out our quote form so we can discuss any concerns you have regarding asbestos at your property.

Can I remove Asbestos myself?

You may have wondered if you are able to just remove the asbestos yourself?

The answer is both yes and no… The law restricts personal removal meaning, if it is no more than 10 square metres of bonded material in the form of asbestos sheets, fibro, AC sheeting or roofing material. If you are going to attempt your own removal then you must take special care in regard to your personal safety and others in the near vicinity and neighbouring areas.
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Asbestos Removal During Renovation and Demolition

If you are undertaking a renovation to your home or office then you likely need to consider the possibility of Asbestos being present. If you look at our previous posts we note that if the building was constructed before 1990 it is highly likely there will be asbestos materials somewhere in the area.

Property development such as renovations or demolitions, involving asbestos material removal must be undertaken by a licensed professional under Clause 318 of the Occupational Health & Safety Regulation 2001. The only exception to this requirement is where less than 10 square metres of bonded (sheet form) asbestos being removed.

1st Choice Asbestos can help not only with removing asbestos but identification and details which will be required when submitting a Development Application or Applications for Complying Development Certificates to your local council which usually require details of the extent which asbestos is to be removed during renovation or demolition projects.

The demolition of buildings work must comply with the Australian Standard AS2601-2001 The demolition of structures.

How do I know if it’s Asbestos?

Unless your an expert it can be very difficult to identify asbestos materials in your house whether it’s asbestos roofing, walls or other areas, particularly just by looking at it. There are some signs though which can help you determine if there is a risk at hand which requires further investigation.

The basic ‘rules of thumb’ for most properties are as follows:

Built pre-1980’s then it is very likely there would be materials containing asbestos.
Built between 1980 and 1990 it is still likely there would be asbestos materials present.
After 1990 it is unlikely to have material containing asbestos.
These are only general rules though and we would always take the position that if you aren’t sure to take the side of caution and assume it does. Whether you know or are unsure of the precence of asbestos you can give us a call or fill in our online quote form and we will help assist you with the issue. Our staff are fully qualified and trained professionals in asbestos removal, so in order to keep you and your family safe it is best to contact us.