Asbestos Removal in Sydney
When renovating or demolishing a building that contains asbestos, you need to ensure that asbestos removal is performed prior to the demolition of the building. Ensuring the asbestos is removed safely, efficiently and in accordance with Government codes is a legal requirement and a good idea to keep all your workers, contractors and customers safe.
EnviroX do not remove asbestos as we are an Occupational Hygienist and Environmental Consultant company, however we do work with many asbestos removalists and are able to ensure that you receive competitive prices and outstanding quality of work. High quality asbestos removalists are very important as you do not want an asbestos removalist that will cut corners and potentially put you, your family, your workers or anyone at risk of exposure to asbestos.
As we work in the industry we know which asbestos removalists and good and which aren’t. EnviroX recommends asbestos clearance reports following any asbestos removal as it ensures a high quality job has been completed and there is no risk to reoccupy the area without protective equipment.
The cost of asbestos removal can vary widely between contractors when asbestos remvoalists are contracted through EnviroX are chosen due to competency and value for money. However, we strongly discourage anyone from engaging low cost asbestos removal companies that you might find due to the quality of works and appropriate licensing.
Friable asbestos removal
Friable asbestos can be classified in many different ways, asbestos containing debris smaller than 7mm, able to be crushed under hand pressure or in powder form. It’s the most dangerous state of asbestos because it’s able to release asbestos fibres into the air which can in turn be inhaled into the lungs causing health effects.
Due to the high risk works when dealing with friable asbestos Workcover requires a special license for its removal. A Class A licensed asbestos removalist is allowed to remove bonded and friable asbestos materials. Class B licensed asbestos removalist is only permitted to remove bonded asbestos.
To classify is an area is bonded or friable can be quite difficult as it is not always so obvious. Bonded asbestos can become friable asbestos through multiple ways, weathering through time or damaged (smashed bonded asbestos sheeting is often friable due to the definitions above). Instead of having to determine if asbestos is friable or non-friable its wiser to contact an occupational hygienist to conduct an asbestos inspection and risk assessment prior to removal works.
Do it yourself asbestos removal (DIY)
Asbestos removal doesn’t legally require a license if:
If you have a small amount of bonded asbestos you may be tempted to conduct the removal yourself or hire a cheap unlicensed removalist. EnviroX highly discourages this for the reason that if you are not trained in asbestos you should not be working with it. A small exposure could impact not only your life and quality of life but of those around you.
Asbestos Air Monitoring during asbestos removal
Asbestos air monitoring is required during friable asbestos removal and is recommended during all asbestos removals greater than 10m2 as well as if the area is adjacent to a public location. As per the Codes of Practice – How To Safely Remove Asbestos