Asbestos

HTS Group can help with sampling, removal and remediation of asbestos and lead from your home or renovation project. 


When we’re finished, you’re left with a safe blank canvas to enjoy the rest of your renovation without looming health risks threatening you and your family.

Asbestos was outlawed

in Australia in 2003

One in every three Australian homes is

expected to contain asbestos

Breathing in contaminated asbestos dust or asbestos fibres can lead to asbestosis, mesothelioma, or lung cancer

How do we tell if it’s asbestos?  


First, we need to take a sample of the suspect product and send it to a NATA accredited lab.

We’ll always do this carefully; sometimes taking a small piece from behind a power point or switch can be a great non-invasive way of sampling. We’ll always seal up any exposed edges to ensure your safety.

If the lab results show asbestos, we can then remove it safely for you, dispose of it and remediate the area.

Find answers to some of the most common asbestos questions here, If you still have more questions, please get in touch.

Some of the precautions we take when removing asbestos:


No high-pressure water spray; 

No compressed air; 

No power tools or brooms or any other equipment that causes asbestos to become air borne.  

We will only use suitable equipment designed to capture or suppress airborne asbestos.

Onsite decontamination units where required.

Once the asbestos is safely removed it will be bagged, sealed and disposed of in accordance with state regulations.

Rubbish removal

Asbestos Removal Timeline

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Asbestos testing and Analysis

1 – 5 days

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Notification to the regulator

If over 10 metres to be removed

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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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air testing to monitor asbestos levels after asbestos removal

Clearance Inspection

Clearance certificate is provided by a third-party Asbestos Assessor

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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