Asbestos and Lead Removal Services

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Asbestos – Still a Danger

Responsible for the deaths of around 4,000 Australians a year, Asbestos was finally outlawed in NSW and Australia in 2003.

There are very strict penalties for the use, purchase, importation, transportation, and storage of Asbestos Containing Materials in Australia. Asbestos management, including its removal and disposal, is highly regulated by Safework NSW, with various fines often ranging from or exceeding $6,000 for individuals and $30,000 for organisations that fail to comply with these regulations.

Asbestos In the Workplace

If you suspect there may be asbestos in your workplace, it is critical that you rely on a fully qualified and licensed asbestos contractor to help you in the identification and management of any possible asbestos.  Only use a licensed asbestos removalist

In a workplace all asbestos or ACM (Asbestos Containing Material) should be sampled and analysed by NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) accredited laboratory, or one that is approved by the regulator.

For the safety of employees and those in the direct vicinity, it is not allowable for a business owner or manager to try and deal with or remove the asbestos themselves. 

Read more on the Asbestos code of Practice NSW and regulations.

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Asbestos Identification, Sampling and Testing

As directed by the regulator, we only use NATA accredited labs for our asbestos testing requirements.

We take great care in acquiring an asbestos sample, disturbing the asbestos as little as possible. The area where the sample is taken from will be sealed up, the sample will be double bagged, labelled as a hazard and sent to the lab.

Occupational Hygienists and Inependent Asbestos Assessors

You may require an independent Asbestos Assessor or Occupational Hygienist to complete asbestos surveys, or update your asbestos register.
These are some Newcastle based providers that we trust, use and recommend.
EHO Consulting
4/22 Templar Place, 
Bennetts Green NSW 2290
02 9980 1742
WSP Australia
Level 3,55 Bolton St,
(02) 4929 8300

Dealing With Asbestos

In most cases, while Asbestos is sealed, unbroken and completely intact, it won’t do any harm to occupants, but as soon as it becomes damaged from impact, age, fire, flood or human intervention, it poses a serious hazard.

The only real way to be sure that asbestos won’t cause you and others danger, is to have it removed. We can help you with commercial and residential asbestos removal. Find more information on residential asbestos removal here, or Commercial Asbestos removal, keep reading.

The cost to remove asbestos will depend on what form its present in, Eg. Asbestos containing wall boards, flooring, or asbestos present in the dirt, how difficult it is to get to, how many square metres of asbestos needs to be removed and disposed of, and the difficulty of extraction from your premises. For example, on one tight access job, we had the Asbestos Containing Material sealed up and flown out by helicopter, which obviously ultimately added to the cost of asbestos removal and disposal.

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Asbestos Removal Timeline

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Obtain Asbestos Register

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Asbestos Testing and Analysis

1 – 5 days

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Asbestos Removal Control Plan

Developed by us for your job

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Asbestos removal intent notification to the regulator

If over 10 square metres to be removed

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Notification of asbestos removal work to occupants of the immediate vicinity

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Asbestos removal signage and Access Control

When we’re ready to begin, the area will need to be cleared out and fenced for your safety.

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Asbestos Removal, Disposal, and Remediation

Anywhere from 1 day to a couple of weeks for stripping out a large multi storey commercial premises.

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Asbestos Decontamination

We have mobile decontamination booths available to put onsite for large and remote jobs.

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Asbestos Clearance Inspection

Clearance certificate is provided by a third-party Asbestos Assessor

Asbestos Removal Control Plan

As your licensed contractor, we must provide you with an Asbestos Removal Control Plan. Your Asbestos removal control Plan will contain details of how the asbestos removal will happen including the method, tools, equipment and PPE used. 

It also contains details on where the asbestos is located, it’s condition and the type or types of asbestos being removed. 

A copy of the plan is given to the client or owner, and made readily available to any occupants, workers and health & safety representatives.

Regulator must be notified 5 days prior to the commencement of removal work. (Other guidelines are available to expedite removal in emergency situations.)

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Asbestos Register

Any identified Asbestos is to be indicated by an ACM label. It must also be listed in an ‘asbestos register’.

The asbestos register must be maintained and kept up to date in accordance with regulation 422. In brief, the register should contain the DATE on which the asbestos or ACM was identified, the location type and condition of the asbestos. 

The register must be updated if asbestos or ACM becomes damaged, disturbed, or removed. Any person planning to carry out works to the business must be given a copy of the asbestos register, as must any health and safety representatives. The register should be readily accessible and reviewed every 5 years or at the request of a health and safety representative if they believe circumstances have changed or the management plan is no longer adequate. The register must be passed on to the next manager or owner in case of a change of management. 

Asbestos registers are not required for buildings constructed after December 2003. If you require an Asbestos Register, we can connect you with a trusted Occupational Hygienist and support the ongoing safe management according to the Hygienist’s Asbestos Management Plan.

Read the full Asbestos code of Practice NSW and regulations.

Licensed Asbestos Removal Services

While removing asbestos from your building or workplace, we utilise best practices to ensure your safety the best we can.

While removing asbestos from your building or workplace, we utilise best practices to ensure your safety the best we can. As you can see in the video, our thorough asbestos removal team has covered the surrounding area to protect it from potential asbestos dust and is wrapping every panel immediately as it’s removed. They are also spraying the removal area with a sealing agent to make the area as safe as possible for the next trades to work on the removal site.

If there are asbestos fragments present is in the soil, we may require a Remedial Action Plan for further asbestos decontamination. 

Asbestos Clearance Certificate

As legally required for your added protection, a 3rd party inspector will conduct your clearance inspection, issuing the Clearance Certificate when they are satisfied that your site meets safety requirement.

Asbestos Emergency Removal

In instances such as fire, flood or earthquake, where your building becomes suddenly damaged, where asbestos has been exposed, causing a hazard to health, we can take specific measures to shore up your workplace and remove the asbestos quickly as part of our hazardous waste management solution.

Our Class A Unrestricted Asbestos Removal license is: AD210982. Find out more about asbestos licencing requirements at SafeWork Australia.

Some common products that could be harbouring asbestos:

  • Villaboard
  • Weather boards
  • Insulation
  • Tile underlay
  • Bathroom and kitchen walls
  • Roof Tiles
  • Fences
  • Lino or Linoleum 
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Compressed cement products
  • Roof sheeting
  • Exterior wall cladding (flat, moulded and weatherboards)
  • Eave linings
  • Fences
  • Interior Wall and ceiling linings
  • Ceiling Insulation
  • Vinyl Floor Coverings
  • Compressed floor linings

Asbestos FAQ

Is there a ‘safe level’ of asbestos exposure

No. Inhaling of any number of asbestos fibres can lead to asbestos related diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, or lung cancer

Is there a cure or treatment for Asbestos caused illnesses?

No, there are currently no know treatments or cures to asbestos related illnesses.

Can I remove asbestos myself?

There is legislation preventing, and heavy fines to deter any PCBU (person conducting a business or undertaking) from removing asbestos from any non-residential property.

Can my builder remove asbestos legally?

Only if your builder is licensed for such works. There are heavy penalties for any trades who remove asbestos without appropriate licensing and training. Builders usually don’t have the required license for this type of work. Asbestos removal should be left to an asbestos specialist.

Can I tell is a product is asbestos by the way it looks, feels or smells?

No, asbestos needs to be tested in a NATA lab. Asbestos was used in more than 3,000 ACM (asbestos containing materials) products in various quantities and mixes.

What is the difference between friable and non-friable asbestos?

Asbestos-containing materials are either friable or non-friable.

Friable asbestos is high risk. Friable asbestos can be crumbled, pulverised, or reduced to a powder by hand pressure.

Non-friable asbestos is lower risk. It is mixed with cement or other hard bonding materials. Non-friable asbestos can become friable if damaged or old. 

How does asbestos cause such a health risk?

When the tiny (usually microscopic) asbestos fibres are breathed in, they become lodged in the respiratory system, or sometimes even the lining of other organs. Over time, these microscopic fibres often create lesions which can turn cancerous.

What does PEMP stand for?

Project Environmental Management Plan (PEMP) used to identify, control, and manage environmental risks. These are used on larger projects where the asbestos removal may present an environmental risk and on large demolition and refurbishment jobs in NSW, SA, QLD and the ACT.

We have the experience, expertise, problem solving skills and the multi-skilled teams to deliver safe, professional, and timely projects right across the country.

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