Asbestos is known to be a hazardous material that can cause serious health threats. The use of asbestos-containing materials in building construction has since been prohibited in Australia. Laws on safe removal of asbestos from existing structures are also in place to ensure the safety of the entire community.
Depending on the type of asbestos material and the amount of asbestos to be removed, there are different types of licence requirements for removal. For removal of non-friable asbestos, or materials that cannot be crumbled by the mere use of hand pressure, a licence is not required if the area is not larger than 10 square metres. However, our technicians at Defence Pest & Building Inspection Services strongly discourage property owners from removing asbestos-containing materials by themselves.
Although removal of non-friable asbestos is allowed for individuals without a licence, there are still possibilities of asbestos particles contaminating the air during the process.
Should you perform the removal yourself, make sure that you do not use power tools, sanding materials or other equipment that might break the asbestos-containing material and cause the spread of asbestos particles. We recommend that you do not use a vacuum or compressed air for cleaning asbestos dust; instead, use a damp cloth and then dispose of the cloth in a sealed plastic bag.
Disposal of Asbestos Waste
Materials that contain asbestos must be handled carefully and waste must be properly sealed prior to transportation.
For non-friable or bonded asbestos, the material can first be wet down with water and then secured in a heavy-duty plastic bag that is no less than 0.2 mm thick. The bag can be wrapped with a duct tape. Make sure that there are no sharp edges or materials that will puncture or damage the sealed bag.
Friable asbestos and asbestos dust must be secured in a sealed container or a 0.2-mm plastic bag. Each bag should contain no more than 25 kg of friable asbestos and the bag must be secured with a wire tie. Soil that has been contaminated with asbestos should be wet down before disposal. Asbestos waste bags should have a proper and clear safety warning sign.
Only after the asbestos materials have been properly sealed can they be transported in a covered and leak-proof vehicle. Asbestos is categorised as a hazardous/special waste and can only be disposed of and buried in landfills that accept asbestos waste.
Getting Help with Removal and Disposal
For your convenience, you can ask for assistance on asbestos removal and disposal from our team at Defence Pest & Building Inspection Services. Working with a licensed asbestos removalist will not only make the process more efficient for you; you can also be sure of your family’s safety.