Asbestos is a highly fibrous material that was commonly used in construction up until the mid-1980’s when it was banned because of its health risks, when asbestos is broken and becomes airborne it can easily be inhaled into the lungs causing small cuts and abrasions that overtime can develop into asbestos related diseases such as:
- Lung Cancer
- Asbestosis or fibrotic lung disease
- Laryngeal Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Testes Cancer
- Pleural plaques
- Pleural thickening
Types of Asbestos
There are six different types of asbestos
- Tremolite Asbestos
- Actinolite Asbestos
- Anthophyllite Asbestos
- Chrysotile Asbestos
- Amosite Asbestos
- Crocidolite Asbestos
All of these types of asbestos are dangerous to humans when inhaled but the most common asbestos used in construction in Australia are:
- Chrysotile Asbestos (White Asbestos)
- Amosite Asbestos (Brown Asbestos)
- Crocidolite Asbestos (Blue Asbestos)
How Do You Solve Asbestos Problems?
The first step to dealing with asbestos is to get it professionally tested, knowing where and in what condition asbestos is in in your home can be a huge advantage to you and your family. Testing can be quick and simple when you use a professional, Asbestos Testing Bunbury, they will come to you and take samples of any suspected asbestos, take them to a NATA accredited laboratory for testing and usually have the results in under 24 hours (however multiple samples may take longer to ensure accurate results). Once you have your results back it’s important to know your options.
- Encapsulation- Encapsulation is very popular as it takes out most of the risks associated with the asbestos and is one of the most cost effective methods. Encapsulation refers to the process of sealing the asbestos both on the surface and within the asbestos so that if it broken or damaged it doesn’t release fibres into the air that can be inhaled.
- Removal- Overall the best option is a full removal, professionals can perform the full removal and disposal of the asbestos with zero risk to them, you or the public. Removal unfortunately however is one of the more expensive options as full caution needs to be take that no fibres are realised to be inhaled by any one unprotected in the area, Asbestos Removal Bunbury.
- Leaving the asbestos- Believe it or not some asbestos can simply be left alone if it is in good condition and undamaged. Asbestos only poses a health risk when it becomes airborne. This however means that the area containing asbestos cannot be accessed so that is important to remember.
- Enclosure- Enclosing asbestos should be done by accredited professionals to ensure full enclosure, enclosing asbestos involved closing the asbestos in a airtight container to stop damaged asbestos from becoming airborne in public spaces. Enclosures are normally make from wood and plastic sheeting, it is important to remember that enclosure is not generally a long term option but can help keep yourself and family safe until you make a decision on how you wish to deal with it.
Contact The Professionals
The best thing you can do when dealing with asbestos is to hire accredited professionals to handle any asbestos related work. Professional asbestos removalists know all of the laws and regulations regarding asbestos in your state or territory, know how to combat any risks associated with the removal or testing and how to dispose the asbestos within regulations and in the most environmentally friendly manner.
In conclusion asbestos inhalation is a very real threat when dealing with asbestos and should be taken seriously and with great caution however dealing with asbestos doesn’t need to be a hard or scary process when done correctly, the best thing to do is avoid DIY asbestos related work and contact the professionals who can go through all your options.