Types of Asbestos
There are two types of asbestos namely friable asbestos which is loosely bound and bonded asbestos which is tightly bound.
Friable or loosely bound asbestos
Friable or loosely bound asbestos is usually found in industrial and/or commercial developments but it was also used in water systems, pipe lagging, stoves, vinyl/linoleum flooring as well as residential heaters. Since it is loose in nature, it can easily disperse through air and poses significant health threats.
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The bonded asbestos is usually found in residential properties. It was usually used in smaller quantities as compared to the friable asbestos. It is much more solid in nature and poses less of a threat as it can’t disperse through air at a rapid rate.
Asbestos use was completely banned in Australia in 2003 but till then, it was used in a variety of domestic applications due to its overall effectiveness, abundance and low cost. It has been used in more than 2000 products which mean that there are large quantities of asbestos in many buildings.
Common Areas Where Asbestos Can Be Found in Your Perth Home
- Around 98% of homes constructed before 1976 are estimated to contain asbestos products. It can be commonly found in roofing sheets.
- Older buildings that have mock timber cladding often contain asbestos due to it’s heat and moisture repelling properties.
- The imitation brick cladding used in modern properties may also contain traces of asbestos and need to be checked.
- Due to its property to act as a barrier against moisture and heat, it was used in many older homes for cladding.
- Due to its easy availability and low cost, asbestos was used to back many linoleum products.
- Due to its low cost and easy installation, it was frequently used in fencing projects in the past.
- Due to its moisture resisting property, strength and stability, it was preferred for use in guttering in various commercial and residential buildings.
Disposal and Removal of Asbestos in Perth
Asbestos cannot be removed by anyone. You need to hire companies that specialize in asbestos removal. These companies need to be fully licensed as class A for removal of friable and bonded asbestos and as class B for removal of bonded asbestos only.
Ask them for their asbestos license number and get in touch with WorkSafe to ensure that you have hired a company with necessary license for asbestos removals in Perth. Keep in mind that you as a property owner and the company can be fined if you do not make sure that only a licensed contractor has been allowed to remove asbestos from your property.
The Environmental Protection Agency controls the disposal of asbestos waste, workplace or household, under the Environment Act of 1970 as well as Environmental Protection (Prescribed waste) Regulations of 1988. The transportation of asbestos is also controlled by EPA when it is undertaken by a commercial contractor.
The law requires you to dispose of asbestos products only at the licensed waste treatment centre that accepts waste asbestos.
It is important that you do not dump asbestos products in the open or at your local waste and recycling place. Also, you should not throw these away in the rubbish.
As you may be aware, asbestos dumping on private or public land is prohibited under the Environmental Protection Act 1970 and Health Act 1958. Get in touch with your local council and EPA in case you have any concerns regarding someone dumping asbestos products.