Asbestos is a type of mineral that is added to building materials, such as floor tiles, roofing shingles, fire doors, plaster, ceilings and cement sheets, for its fire-resistant and heat-resistant properties. Construction and electrical materials that contain asbestos are often used for building insulation and electrical insulation purposes.
Why is Asbestos Hazardous?
While asbestos has its uses, it can also be hazardous to health. It has been found to cause diseases such as asbestosis and lung cancer. Asbestosis is a chronic inflammatory medical condition affecting the lungs, which is caused mainly by inhalation of asbestos fibres. There have also been recorded cases of warts caused by the lodging of asbestos fibres in the skin.
Construction materials that contain asbestos can be hazardous when the fibres become airborne, making it possible to be inhaled and retained in the body. This can happen when asbestos materials crumble or break and the fibres travel through air.
Types of Asbestos
The use of materials that are friable has an increased risk of hazards because the material is so weak and loose that a simple finger pressure can break it down into pieces. This means that, easy as that, it makes asbestos inhalable.
Asbestos materials that need more force than just finger pressure are classified under bonded asbestos. The combination typically uses a binding agent, such as cement, that makes it hard to crumble unless using significant forces.
Removal of Asbestos in Australia
Asbestos continues to be a hazard in Australia, especially in homes and establishments that were built before the complete ban of asbestos in the late 1980s. To ensure the protection of its citizens, the government plans a complete removal of asbestos by 2030.
Only licensed handlers are allowed to remove more than ten square metres of asbestos. The Workplace Health and Safety requires a Class A licence for the removal of friable asbestos, and Class B licence for bonded asbestos.
If you want to make sure that your home is safe from asbestos and its hazards, Brisbane Building and Pest Inspections can provide accurate house inspections. We use the most effective technology in determining whether your home contains asbestos materials and carefully plan out an efficient and safe way of removal.
Our workers at Brisbane Building and Pest Inspections are also licensed handlers, so whether you need friable asbestos or bonded asbestos removed from your property, we’re sure to get the job done seamlessly and professionally.