Dangers of Asbestos

Asbestos is an extremely hazardous material that poses risk to health by inhalation when the fibers become airborne and are subsequently inhaled. Asbestos is made up of very fine fibers, but the most dangerous are those naked to the eye, yet penetrate the deepest areas of the lungs.

Exposure to asbestos fibers is known to cause Mesothelioma – a deadly disease caused by inhaling the particles of dust as the asbestos degrades; eating away at the lining of the lungs and developing into a deadly cancer. It is known to cause diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer, pleural plaques, and pleural thickening.

Legal Responsibilities for Owner/Controller of Premises

In the current environment, the presence of asbestos on site is becoming an increasing situation for property owners and property management. As the manager/owner of properties you have certain responsibilities with regard to safety on your premises – and this includes asbestos.

It is a requirement that all Asbestos removal works over 10 m2 must be carried out by a SafeWork NSW licensed Asbestos contractor.

Per SafeWork NSW: “Any asbestos cement product – such as roof sheeting which has been subjected to weathering, severely damaged by hail, heat/fire, other mechanical action or illegal water blasting is a friable asbestos product and an Asbestos Removal Contractor with an ASA license is required for its removal”.

 

Who is classified as the controller of the premises?

As per the Code of Practice for the Management and Control of Asbestos in Workplaces [NOHSC:2002(2005)], the “person with control” may be:

  • The owner of the premises
  • A person who has under any contract or lease an obligation to maintain or repair the premises
  • A person who is occupying the premises
  • A person who is able to make decisions about work undertaken at the premises
  • An employer at the premises

Persons with control of premises have a duty of care to:

  • Develop, implement and maintain an asbestos management plan
  • Investigate the premises for the presence or possible presence of asbestos containing material
  • Develop and maintain a register of the identified or presumed asbestos containing material, including details on their locations, accessibility, condition, risk assessments and control measures.
  • Develop measures to remove the asbestos containing materials or otherwise to minimize the risks and prevent exposure to asbestos
  • Ensure the control measures are implemented as soon as possible and are maintained as long as the asbestos containing materials remain in the workplace

Safe Asbestos Removal

We will work closely with you to investigate the premises for the possible presence of asbestos roofing materials, and will develop an asbestos management plan. Removing asbestos roofs is not something that can be done by just anyone. Our company is licensed by WorkCover, and our services are strictly controlled.

In addition to being licensed for asbestos removal, we can also replace your asbestos roof with safer and more suitable materials. We will develop measures to remove the asbestos containing materials or otherwise to minimize the risks and prevent exposure to asbestos. We will also ensure control measures are implemented in a timely manner, and are maintained as long as the asbestos containing materials remain in the workplace.

Asbestos removal is dangerous, and using contractors for this task is crucial. Lidoran Roofing will inspect your asbestos roof, and subsequently advise of the full costs involved – there are no hidden costs. With competitive prices and a high level of professionalism, we are positive you will be more than happy with your decision to use Lidoran roofing specialists for your asbestos removal project.

Our services also include Liability Insurance. We specialise in commercial and industrial asbestos removal and re roofing, and are leaders in the field of asbestos inspection tests, removal & replacement, which equates to peace of mind.

Lidoran recognizes most local government councils are frequently dealing with illegally dumped asbestos & hazardous building products within their precincts.

Lidoran is aware how sensitive the issue of asbestos is within the community & offer ‘emergency’ response remediation of illegally dumped asbestos & hazardous waste within the public areas.

We have been involved with the ‘Canterbury City Council’s’ waste & cleaning divison for more than five years now, achieving regular pickups of illegally dumped asbestos & hazardous materials.

Lidoran offers structured competitive pricing with a maximum of 48 hours turn around, having the hazardous materials picked up, area cleaned & disposed of at a DECCW tipping site.

Asbestos FAQs

What does asbestos look like?

Asbestos can be difficult to identify visually. Sometimes the only way to be sure is to get the material tested. If you are uncertain then treat the item as contaminated.
There are two classes of asbestos types:

  • Friable or loosely bound asbestos materials are not commonly found in residential properties and were primarily used in commercial and industrial settings for fire proofing, sound proofing and insulation. Asbestos is classified as any material found under ground level, as well as a few older forms of insulation used in domestic heaters and stoves and in ceiling insulation products. Ceiling insulation containing asbestos was generally used in commercial buildings.
  • Bonded Asbestos is a fibre-cement product. The asbestos in firmly embedded in a hardened matrix. The bonded sheets are flat, corrugated or circular tubes.
How will I know if Asbestos material may in my building (home or business)?

It is therefore held that if your home was built or renovated before 1990, it is likely that it contains some form of asbestos building product – most likely asbestos cement sheeting.

How do I get rid of asbestos?

It is important that you do not touch or disturb the asbestos. A single fibre inhaled can cause devastating health problems.  Call the Lidoran help line to discuss your options.

At my workplace do I have to remove asbestos?

As the manager/owner of properties you have certain responsibilities with regard to safety on your premises – and this includes asbestos. You will need to remove it or manage the fact that it is there.
Persons with control of premises have a duty of care to:

  • Develop, implement and maintain an asbestos management plan
  • Investigate the premises for the presence or possible presence of asbestos containing material
  • Develop and maintain a register of the identified or presumed asbestos containing material, including details on their locations, accessibility, condition, risk assessments and control measures.
  • Develop measures to remove the asbestos containing materials or otherwise to minimize the risks and prevent exposure to asbestos.
  • Ensure the control measures are implemented as soon as possible and are maintained as long as the asbestos containing materials remain in the workplace.