What to do if I find asbestos in my Perth residence?
Steer clear of touching the asbestos as it is dangerous when the material is disturbed in a way that produces asbestos fibers. In fact, just the presence of asbestos in your home is no cause for alarm if the material is not damaged. If there are no signs of wear and tear and the material is not damaged, it can be left in place without any worry. For example, if your home has asbestos ceilings or asbestos cement sheet walls that are in good condition, it will not pose a risk to your health. You can leave them alone unless they are showing signs of damage or degradation. The safest option in such cases is to leave them alone. Make sure you visually inspect the material from time to time for damage or degradation.
On the other hand, if you plan to work with or remove asbestos materials, you need to carefully consider the following:
. If the material is in good condition, you can leave it alone.
. Are you aware of the alternatives to removing the material such as painting, sealing, or covering with a non-asbestos product, etc.?
. Are you able to comply with the safety procedures and laws when working with asbestos?
. Should you call a licensed asbestos removalist?
Things to remember when working with or removing asbestos in Perth
- Don’t use power tools
- Don’t use compressed air
- Don’t use sanding or abrasive cutting discs
- Don’t use high-pressure hoses
- Don’t walk on corrugated asbestos cement roofs since you run the risk of falling through it.
- Never leave asbestos sheets in the garden where they can break or get crushed.
- Get it tested by an NATA-accredited laboratory if you aren’t sure if the material contains asbestos.
Make sure you work with such materials in well-ventilated areas at all times.
The material should be thoroughly wet and kept that way while you work on it to minimize the release of asbestos fibers and dust.
Loosely-bound asbestos should only be handled by a licensed professional. In fact, the health risk associated with handling this material is far greater than working with firmly bound asbestos.
Although a householder may be permitted to legally remove asbestos from his/her property, they should follow the appropriate safety measures to minimize the health risk posed by removal, packing, transporting, and disposing of asbestos.
Refer the OHS Reps website for further instructions regarding the safe handling and removal of asbestos in Perth WA.
Is it possible to get materials tested for asbestos in Perth?
Yes, contact the National Association of Testing Authorities to find an accredited laboratory to check materials for asbestos. The laboratory will advise you on how to correctly take and send a sample. There are fees involved in the process.
Once you have found out that you do have asbestos, do the wise thing and get a professional Perth asbestos removal company like Fresh and Clear to remove the problem for you.
What if I break asbestos accidently?
The first thing you should do is to wipe yourself with a damp cloth or paper towel if you break any material that contains asbestos. Place the towel in two plastic bags and tie them up individually. Make sure you put these bags in your rubbish bin.
Never use a normal vacuum cleaner to clean a mess that contains asbestos as it cannot filter all the particles of asbestos. It may also release more asbestos fiber into the air. If the asbestos material is cracked, make sure you seal it with a product like PVA glue or paint. If there is significant damage to the material, it should b replaced, and the old sheet should be disposed of correctly.
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