The Work, Health and Safety Regulations 2011, states that any renovation or demolition work in any workplace built before December 31, 2003, now requires an Asbestos / Hazardous Materials Audit / Survey / hazardous materials inspection”, this includes residential unit buildings (WHS act 2011 chapter 8).
An asbestos inspection is undertaken to determine if your house, property, site, work area, area for renovation, specific walls / ceilings contain asbestos materials or as a risk assessment to determine if known asbestos materials are posing a health risk in their current state.
If you are renovating, building, or living in a house built prior to 2004 then there is a chance you are dealing with asbestos containing materials. All forms of asbestos and asbestos containing materials were banned from use throughout Australia on the 31st of December, 2003.
EnviroX Consulting prides itself on providing thorough and detailed inspections to determine the presence and absence of asbestos containing materials, their current condition and any further recommended future actions. Our reports have an easy to read conclusion section which outlines key points and findings about the inspection.
All asbestos samples are submitted to NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) accredited laboratories; NATA laboratories are a nationally recognised accrediting body for laboratories that have undergone stringent testing and assessment to obtain that accreditation. If you’re trying to identify asbestos, make sure sample testing is conducted by a NATA accredited laboratory as results and reports may not be accepted by WorkCover, local councils and other authorities.
Loose-Fill Asbestos Insulation
In the 1960s and 1970s a Canberra based company known as ‘Mr Fluffy’ used raw amosite and crocidolite asbestos known as loose-fill asbestos as ceiling insulation across 1,000 ACT & NSW homes. The NSW Government has determined that demolition, comprehensive site remediation and disposal is the best way to ensure the health and safety of the community.
While the NSW Chief Health Officer has advised that living in a house with loose-fill asbestos will not confer any significant health risks provided that there is no meaningful exposure pathway to asbestos fibres. It is still a good idea to get a Loose-Fill Insulation inspection prior to demolition or renovation works that may disturb the ceiling space.