Asbestos Removal & Testing
At J & J Coastal Demolition we take safety very seriously, we have all the necessary licences, insurances and experience to undertake the safe removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials from your property.
Prior to the asbestos removal work commencing a management plan will be put in place in accordance with the Code of Practice 2011 under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the WHS Act).
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral containing strong fibres, some of its properties are; sound absorption, average tensile strength, affordability, and resistance to fire, heat, and electricity. These desirable properties led to asbestos being very widely used, until the late 20th century. The fibres were often mixed with cement (non-friable or bonded asbestos) or woven into fabric or mats (friable or loosely-bound asbestos).
Asbestos fibres can cause serious and fatal illnesses when inhaled. It is crucial that it is removed safely if the fibres are likely to become airborne due to degradation of the material or before any renovation begins.
Where is it found?
Many Australian homes and commercial sites built or renovated before 1980 contain asbestos. It is very difficult to identify the presence of asbestos just by looking at it, the only way to be certain is to have a sample of the material analysed by a laboratory. The most common places for asbestos to be found in your home/building is in cement sheeting but may have been used in old floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roof shingles and flashing, siding, insulation (around boilers, ducts, pipes, sheeting, fireplaces), pipe cement.