Australia was reportedly the highest per capita user of asbestos during the 1960s and 70s, with asbestos being present in many different types of building products… not just cement sheet! As such buildings, particularly constructed post war (1950s-1970s), have an asbestos legacy issue that needs to be managed safely.
Where Can Asbestos be Found?
In post war buildings, asbestos can be found in almost any material. Here are a few examples of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) typically found in these buildings, which are often overlooked:
Safety & Compliance – What do you need to do??
- Review the asbestos register – A copy of the Asbestos Register must be provided to the employer or person performing works.
- Update the register – Prior to any demolition or refurbishment works, an invasive Asbestos Assessment should be conducted, known as a Division 6.
- Eliminate the risk – ACMs should be removed prior to disturbance, by a licensed asbestos removal contractor, so far as is reasonably practicable.
- Inform – Were ACMs are to remain, contractors must be made aware of their presence to prevent disturbance of the materials. For example: use labelling, Safe Work Method Statements & tool box talks
- Plan – Emergencies procedures should be developed for unexpected finds, accidental disturbance etc.
- If additional suspect materials are exposed or damaged during the refurbishment works:
How do I do it??
Asbestos can be found in such a variety of materials, with only a few examples provided above. To ensure asbestos and other hazardous materials are identified, and you meet your legal responsibilities: the work area should be inspected by a trained professional and samples analysed by a NATA Accredited laboratory.
For more information and advice, or to arrange an asbestos assessment by one of our competent surveyors, please call 03 852 814 05 or visit our website www.bbrisksolutions.com.au