How To Identify Asbestos

Asbestos History – Identifying Asbestos

There are two types of Asbestos, Friable and Non-Friable.

Friable is used to refer to materials containing Asbestos that can easily be reduced to powder by hand when dry. Non-Friable Asbestos is used to refer to materials containing Asbestos where it is firmly bound in the matrix of the material.

When handled incorrectly and no Precautions are taken, Exposure to Asbestos can lead to serious illnesses.

Asbestos became widely used in the industry for many decades, Materials containing Asbestos were very common in the Australian Residential Building industry between the 1940’s and the late 1980’s. It was not until 31st December, 2003 that Asbestos and all products containing Asbestos were Banned through out Australia.

Asbestos has been used in a wide variety of products and is still found in many Residential Houses today.

Some examples include:

  • Asbestos Cement Sheeting (can be found in Wall Structures, Roofs, Fences, Sheds)
  • Fire Protecting Material
  • Ceiling and Floor Tiles
  • Gaskets, Paints and Sealants
  • Pipes, Guttering & Eaves
  • Electrical Switchboards

Asbestos Rules & Regulations

NSW Asbestos Rules and Regulations

There are certain Safety and Legal Asbestos Facts Sutherland Shire in Cronulla Owners, Occupiers and Controllers of Premises need to be aware of in NSW.

In the current environment, the presence of Asbestos on site is becoming an Increasing Problem for Property Owners, Occupiers and Property Managers.

It’s an Asbestos Rules and Regulations Requirement that all Asbestos Removal works over 10 m² must be carried out by a Safe Work NSW licensed Asbestos Contractor.

As per Safe Work NSW website –

“Any Asbestos Cement Product – such as Roof Sheeting which has been subjected to weathering, severely damaged by hail, heat or fire, other mechanical action or illegal water blasting is a Friable Asbestos Product and an Asbestos Removal Contractor with an EPA License is Required for its Removal under Asbestos Rules and Regulations Law.”

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Is The Shire – Asbestos Safe?

Is The Sutherland Shire Safe from Asbestos?

Unfortunately not – The Sutherland Shire was an Urban Construction hotbed for a long time, particularly after the 1950s. As a result, many of our Fellow Shire Neighbours live in houses that were Constructed before 1990. According to the Australian Government’s Asbestosis Safety and Eradication Agency, pre-90s homes are “likely” to “highly likely” to contain Asbestos. Yes, the Shire’s Asbestos issue is very serious.

Even in The Shire’s more recently developed areas, such as those on land released in the 1970s West of Sutherland are homes that were constructed pre-1990. Throughout The Sutherland Shire there are also an immeasurable number of homes that, even though the buildings were constructed post-1990, they were Built on Land Contaminated by shoddy Demolition Processes.

Those who supposedly cleared the property used methods that were lazy and substandard at best, or Dangerous and Fraudulent at worst, including breaking off sheets at ground level rather than digging out the material.

Since Homeowners are by Law required to leave the property when Abatement Processes are taking place. When it comes to Asbestos Removal, you need to be able to Trust the people who work for you.