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Asbestos dangers are still lurking in Adelaide
If you own a property that was built in Adelaide before 1990, it is highly likely that it will contain asbestos-containing material (ACM). It is difficult to say whether a material contains fibre or not just by simply looking at it. A thorough inspection by a qualified assessor can identify potential ACMs within your building.
We, as an endorsement company for asbestos contractors, will connect you with professional contractors who conduct a through sampling and testing process in residential, commercial, and government building.
Our A-class licensed members will perform asbestos testing process by thorough inspection of your building starting from the roof (read roof removal here) until beneath the floor. They offer extensive services that include the identification of fibrous material in bulk products, company survey, and air monitoring when required. Only a competent personnel knows what to look for. Upon your request, they will come in and determine the existence of ACM in your property. They will do sample collection and perform the test via a NATA accredited laboratory.
We ensure that all of our approved members conduct fibrous material checking work in accordance with national and local regulation standards. When it comes to detecting and inspecting fibrous materials, it is best to contact a professional contractor through us.
Asbestos Testing and Sampling in Adelaide, SA
- Section 1: ACM could be anywhere in your house
- Section 2: Manage the risk in the right way
- Section 3: Comprehensive asbestos testing Adelaide services
- Section 4: Reliable testing for all needs
Section 1: ACM could be anywhere in your house
Before it was banned, it was used for over 2000 years in residential, public, industrial and commercial buildings. This means that there are many buildings in Australia that contain ACMs. In Adelaide, ACM is found in different products including fireproofing, thermal insulation, building materials, and electrical insulation. Fibrous products were in use in Adelaide even in the late 1990s. Some industrial and commercial buildings were either built or renovated using products that contained fibrous materials.
Unsure if you have an ACM at your building? The only way to ensure if your building has ACM is by getting it tested by a NATA certified laboratory. Below, you can find some reasons why you need to contact a competent contractor to perform identification/sampling process.
Reason #1: You are planning to do a renovation project
Whenever you are undertaking renovations in an older building in Australia, you are most likely to come across fibro sheeting. If your house was constructed before 1984, there is a high probability that it will contain ACM.
Briefly, you need to take action if these two situations occur to you:
- You have a plan to renovate your property or perform demolition jobs, and the city council needs you to fill in a survey.
- You suspect some materials in your house might contain fibres.
Reason #2: Potential health hazards from fibre exposure
Over 5000 deaths are caused by ACM every year. When young people have routine exposure to fibres, their risk of developing asbestos-related ailments is increased.
Generally, the major health risks that are associated with fibre exposure include mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer – Source
Symptoms of most ACM-related ailments take between 15 and 60 years to develop following the exposure. This means that the effects of these ailments will not be detected immediately but later in the life of a person. This is why you should have your building inspected for ACM immediately if you suspect that it has it and hire experts to remove it professionally.
Reason #3: DIY sampling can be dangerous
The regulation stated that you could collect the sample for checking purposes on your own if you live in a single house. But you should always keep in mind that working with this carcinogenic substance is dangerous and physically demanding.
There is a risk of falling when you work in high places or use a ladder. It is also dangerous to work near electrical circuit since you are working with water to moisten the suspected ACMs at your house. Even under the best circumstances, unexpected things can happen and threaten your safety. If you suspect that your building has fibrous materials, contact a professional contractor for a comprehensive inspection, removal, and cleanup. More at www.asbestos.sa.gov.au/law.html
Section 2: Manage the risk in the right way
By hiring contractors through us, you are eliminating the risks significantly. Our endorsed experts have the right training and certification and will put your safety in the first place. They possess the pivotal knowledge and skills to conduct asbestos testing Adelaide – efficiently and safely. There is no project related to sampling and checking that can be too challenging for them.
Why you need to contact our members…
- We offer and easy and straightforward process
- Our class-A licensed members are selectively chosen
- Excellent services at competitive prices
- They conduct all work in accordance with national and local regulations
#I: Getting a competent contractor through us involves an easy and straightforward process. Apart from having a clear website that is easy to navigate, it also has detailed information on services provided by our approved members and how to reach them. You can call them directly or send your enquiries online by using our ‘request a quote’ from. They will respond to your request and provide a free, no-obligation estimate right away.
#II: There are many individuals out there claiming to be experts in fibre removal and testing when in real sense they are not. You will easily avoid such people when you choose an expert through us. All of our endorsed contractors are A-class licensed and credited by the relevant institutions. You can rest assured that all the experts in our list have what it takes to deliver the best services.
#III: Whether you need asbestos testing Adelaide in commercial, residential, and government settings; our endorsed contractors know what it takes to deliver the project on time and within your spending budget. Through the years they have provided our clients with excellent services at competitive costs.
#IV: If you need to inspect, check, remove or other related services involving fiber material in a government building, you need the services of professionals who know all the compliance and legislative requirements that have been set by the government. Those are the type of professionals that you are going to get when you choose any one of our approved members.
Section 3: Comprehensive asbestos testing Adelaide services
When you suspect that there is an ACM in your residential, commercial or government property, all you need to do is choose one or more of our approved contractors. There is nothing else that you have to do once you have chosen any one of our endorsed contractors.
You should not attempt to handle contaminated material by yourself. It is an extremely harmful substance that should only be handled by the experts. When you are dealing with our contractors, you will just sit back as they do what they do best.
a. Collect all samples in a safe manner
Our endorsed members can provide sampling technician that is certified and accredited to collect samples from your building in a reliable manner. They will collect all layers from the suspected material, whether from your roofing or fencing products, to obtain a representative laboratory result. Our endorsed specialists will collect the sample carefully to ensure that you’re not exposed to this harmful substance. Here are the steps that will be carried out by our endorsed members to collect the sample:
- They always use personal protective equipment (PPE) such as P2 dust mask, a respirator, and gloves
- Use a wet cleaner to prevent dust release from the suspected material
- Collect the sample carefully with a special tool and put it in a sealable plastic bag.
- Use a wet wipe to clean the tool and then seal it inside the plastic bags
- Place the sample inside of another container
- After sampling, they will use a paint or tape to seal broken materials
b. Testing all the sample via a NATA certified laboratory
Although it is possible to check for ACM signs in your property, it is advisable that you allow certified professionals to test your property for fibrous materials using their specialized equipment. Basically, it is not easy to just look at a building material with your naked eyes and conclude that it has ACM.
Only a laboratory test can prove the presence or absence of fibre in any material. The applicable testing standard is the Australian Standard AS 4964. This is a qualitative identification method for bulk fibre samples. It entails viewing ACM fibres under a microscope with a polarized light under varying conditions. This Method is used to confirm the presence of fibre substance and its type, whether friable or non-friable.
After the process, the results may prove the presence of any of the following fibre types, amosite (brown fibre), chrysotile (white fibre), or crocidolite (blue fibre). Once the presence of ACM is confirmed, they will then record all the areas that contain fibrous element. This is done to make it easy for them to know the places that require special attention. They can further discuss the next step in terms of its removal.
c. Testing in Non-building Materials
Some removal scenarios dictate that ACM checking is carried out on non-building environments. These environments include the soil and sediment surrounding the main building, as well as the water bodies nearby. Our approved members also provide testing services for contaminated soil and water bodies. They usually employ polarized light microscopy (PLM)-based methods for the identification of fibre in soil and sediment. Water bodies require a more technical approach in terms of asbestos testing. These complex processes use laboratory reagents and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) based methods.
d. Site decontamination to ensure that the sampling area is safe for reoccupation
Our approved removalists can perform site decontamination process to satisfy national and local requirements. The decontamination procedure may include:
- Providing assistance to determine the proper decontamination methods. They will take several factors, such as time and economic issues, into account.
- Desterilization of all equipment, tools, and facilities used for testing.
- Transportation and disposal of toxic waste to a legal landfill site.
- Air monitoring to ensure that the contaminated area is safe for reoccupation.
Section 4: Reliable testing for all needs
You should not wait when you believe that fibrous materials may be present in your property. Contact a certified contractor through us to perform a thorough sampling and testing at your premises.
Only skilled and highly experienced contractors that can deliver safe and efficient services received our endorsement. All of our approved members are committed to ensuring your health and safety. They know exactly how to handle fibrous substance in the best way possible.
Rest assured that all of our approved members conduct all sampling processes in accordance with national and local applicable codes and guideline.
They offer comprehensive testing and sampling services starting from sample collection until site decontamination. They employ new and modern technology to perform checking via an accredited laboratory. Our approved specialists have worked in many government, commercial, and residential properties. There is no job that is too large for them to handle effectively.
When seeking a competent and reliable contractor to identify fibrous materials within your property, look for Asbestos Watch Adelaide.