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Friable Asbestos Removal
Licence No: AD206785
Asbestos Assessor Licence
No: LAA001050

FRIABLE ASBESTOS REMOVAL

WHAT IS ASBESTOS

Asbestos is a natural mineral that contains very thin but very strong, durable fibres. Asbestos materials were commonly used to build residential buildings in Australia between the 1940s and late 1980s due to their fire resistance and insulating properties. 

DANGERS OF ASBESTOS

When asbestos is disturbed or damaged fibres can be released into the air. Asbestos fibres can float in the air for a long time, unseen by the naked eye and can be breathed into the lungs. Breathing in asbestos fibres, even briefly, can increase the risk of potentially fatal, asbestos related lung diseases.

TYPES OF ASBESTOS

There are two types of materials used in housing construction that contain asbestos.
Bonded asbestos materials were commonly used in domestic houses, bonded with another material such as a cement or resin binder. In bonded asbestos, small amounts of asbestos fibres are tightly bound within the material.

Friable asbestos materials were primarily used in commercial and industrial settings for insulation and sound or fire proofing. Friable asbestos can also be found in old domestic heaters, stoves and floor coverings. Friable asbestos materials can be made entirely of asbestos, are loosely bound and can crumble and be turned to dust very easily. This makes them very dangerous materials since asbestos fibres can get into the air very easily.

ASBESTOS LAWS AND LICENCES

The use of all forms of asbestos has been banned in Australia since 2003 and asbestos removal and disposal is a dangerous process that is best handled by a licenced contractor. By law it is required that friable asbestos materials are only handled and removed by an asbestos specialist with a ‘A’ Class Licence.

Our team at About Asbestos are A Class licenced for QLD and NSW and are qualified to test, assess, audit, manage, supervise and safely remove asbestos.