Once advertised as a wonder material, it’s now known that asbestos can be highly hazardous and that there is no safe level of exposure. Because asbestos was used so extensively in construction over the past few decades, not only across Perth but all of Australia and internationally, home renovators and builders can unknowingly expose themselves to asbestos fibres which can result in serious, and sometimes fatal, health consequences later in life. This is why calling in asbestos removal experts to safely remove and dispose of these toxic materials is essential.
What is Asbestos and why is it so dangerous
Asbestos is the name for a group of several mineral fibres including anthophyllite, amosite, chrysotile (white asbestos), crocidolite, tremolite and actinolite. In the early 1900’s, asbestos became highly popular as a fire-proof insulation for buildings due to its flexibility, strength and affordability. Australia first began manufacturing asbestos cement materials in the 1920’s, and it was commonly used in residential building materials from the mid-1940s until the late 1980s.
It wasn’t until the 80s however that the health risks of asbestos were better understood – breathing in these asbestos fibres (which was nearly unavoidable during construction or demolition during that period of time) causes asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. It’s estimated that since the 1980s over 10,000 Australians died as a direct result of asbestosis. As this is a disease that has long-term health effects, these figures are expected to increase over coming years.
Due to the serious health effects of asbestos, on 31 December 2003 the Australian Government introduced a total ban on the manufacture, use, reuse, import, transport, storage or sale of asbestos. However, many house and buildings constructed before 1990 still contain asbestos cement materials, especially in the eaves, internal and external wall cladding, ceilings (particularly in wet areas such as bathrooms and laundries) and fences. And of course commercial buildings, sheds and garages were commonly built using asbestos roofing materials. It’s important that if asbestos is suspected in your house or commercial building, that only a professional asbestos removal company is employed to safely remove 100% of the damaging fibres.
Commercial Asbestos Removal
At Focus Demolition and Asbestos Removal, we understand that time is money, and downtime can be very costly. Our workforce is dedicated to minimising this downtime in operating environments. By carefully scheduling the work, we can often achieve a complete removal and restoration over a long weekend or holiday period, reducing the impact on your business operations. Once the job is complete, we can engage an independent third party to assess the job and issue a Clearance Certificate.
If you suspect asbestos is present in your commercial building, it’s important that you call in Perth’s asbestos removal experts at Focus Demolition. We are WorkSafe accredited and fully licensed to deal with all forms of asbestos to give you the safest possible end result with minimal interruption to your work.
Contact us today to organise an inspection and quote if you believe you have asbestos present.