What is Asbestos?

Asbestos Removal Brisbane

Asbestos is a natural fibrous silicate mineral. Each fibre is made up of multiples of tiny and invisible to the naked eye, microscopic “fibrils”. These fibrils can get released into the atmosphere by damage to the asbestos building material or other processes like abrasion.

The danger of Asbestos is that inhalation of the fibres can lead to serious and deadly illnesses such as asbestosis and lung cancer. There is no known cure for asbestosis, so it is recommended to have your asbestos removed from your Brisbane property or in some situations have an asbestos management plan put in place to effectively lessen the potentially hazardous substance.

Asbestos in Brisbane Properties

The building material asbestos was commonly used in Brisbane between the early 1940s right through to the 1980s.

Long before the hazards of asbestos were discovered, it was used because it was a great insulator, was durable and fire resistant.

Some common products that contain asbestos include:

  • Older style fireproof safety doors.
  • Certain roofing materials including corrugated tiles.
  • Some carpet underlays and floor coverings.
  • insulation around electrical wires and plumbing.
  • Certain brands of ceiling tiles.

Asbestos Removal

Do not waste your time or endanger yourself by removing asbestos on your own. Asbestos removal is not a D.I.Y. type job. Always contact a licenced hazardous waste contractor to determine or test and then remove the asbestos safely.

Hazardous waste experts will follow a strict set of guidelines that include the safe removal and disposal of the asbestos from your Brisbane property. Disposing of the asbestos material requires a special hazardous waste material licence. Only a licenced asbestos removal contractor can dispose of asbestos at Brisbane Council’s waste facilities. When dealing with asbestos removal you are always best off hiring a licenced contractor.

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Queensland Asbestos Code

The code of practice for asbestos removal and disposal in Queensland was based on a national guideline and was originally introduced in 2011. Since then, it has gone through several updates with the latest code varied on 1 July 2018.

Friable & Non-Friable Asbestos

Make sure that your contractor has a class A licence and are capable of safely removing large amounts of friable or materials that contain some asbestos in a powder form or that can be crumbled, reduced or in fact pulverised into a form that can safely be removed by our fully licenced asbestos removal trades people. Friable asbestos is regarded as friable asbestos if it can be reduced or crumbled to a powder by applying some pressure.

Non-Friable asbestos can become friable during demolition or if the materials are severely disturbed.

Our team of fully qualified and certified asbestos removal experts come with backing you get from years of experience removing asbestos from Brisbane properties. Contact our team today at Hazex and start the process of asbestos removal and management in your Brisbane property. Ask about our easy finance options.