How Asbestos Testing Brisbane Works
Asbestos-containing material (ACM) is a common product, which is mostly found in old properties constructed before the 1990s. Its strength, durability, and affordability have made ACM a popular product type in the past. This material was commonly installed in building structures, such as wall panel, cement sheeting, fence, roofing, and many others.
However, some studies in the 1970s have found that the product can pose a serious health disorder, including mesothelioma (scarring of the internal lining), pleural disorder, and even a lung cancer. So, if you live in an old building, you may want to have it checked for the existence of this hazardous material.
You can do a DIY inspection or sampling to check whether your place contains ACM or not. However, the asbestos testing process itself must be conducted by a licensed assessor. Furthermore, you will need an accredited removalist to help you with removal jobs if ACMs are identified at your premise.
Brisbane Asbestos Testing: 3 signs to tell if a building has ACMs
There are several ways to know whether your building has ACMs.
1. Check when your property was built
ACM products were massively manufactured and used until 1989. If your building was constructed before this year, there’s a high possibility that your property was built using ACMs. These cancerous products can be found in many parts of a building such as in walls, floors, insulation systems, popcorn and acoustic ceilings, electric boxes, dog kennels and fibro cement. Some of them can be visually seen, while others may be well hidden behind or beneath other parts of your building structures.
2. Visual check for any sign of degradation of the suspected material
If you find some ACMs, you should check them for any damage. Be careful not to disturb the ACM since it may cause the deadly fibres to become airborne.
An ACM, which is installed outdoor, will have a higher chance to degrade faster than the one installed inside of a building. This is due to natural weathering process that can decrease the bond between the fibres and the main material.
Note: Crack, broken part, or even pulverised ACM are some signs of degradation.
3. Have your place tested for ACMs
By knowing the ACM danger and its contamination level at your premise, you may consider to take sampling and testing services provided by a licensed inspector. Your decision can affect your safety, as well as the other occupants’ health. So, choose it wisely.
Having a professional to help you with the identification jobs will provide you with a peace of mind. It’s because an expert can easily locate and identify the ACM wherever it may present. Moreover, if necessary, he will conduct a sample testing via an accredited lab.
Asbestos Testing Preparation
1. Contact a professional
The regulations, both national and state, have stated that only professionals who have license, training, and experiences can work with hazardous materials. Thus, they will likely to locate all ACM in a building accurately.
Since licensed contractors are registered, you’ll have a small possibility of getting scammed. To avoid such incident, you may have to cross check the information you have, with the local council, before hiring a removalist for your asbestos testing Brisbane project.
2. Prepare the area for testing
Since ACMs may be disturbed during the testing process, you have to take some preventive measures to avoid a wider fibre contamination.
- Turn off all equipment that can circulate the air in the room; such as air conditioning and fan. You must also cover all ventilation holes by using plastic and duck tapes.
- While the contaminated area is sealed, you must not allow anyone to enter the room during the sampling process.
- You might want to evacuate other building occupants during the sampling process.
3. Understand a secure asbestos testing process
The aim of the testing process is to analyse whether there are fibrous materials in your property. During the process, an assessor will collect samples from suspected materials and put them in zipped bags; along with the label of date and time, location, and condition of the suspected products. These samples will be sent to a lab, accredited by NATA, for further analysis.
The assessor will wear special “personal protective equipment” (PPE) to protect him from the fibre exposure. The PPE includes protective clothing, a pair of goggles, gloves, boot covers, a respirator, and other supporting safety tools like HEPA filter.
In summary, the asbestos testing Brisbane procedures are as follow:
- A plastic sheet will be laid beneath the sampling.
- The suspected material will be sprayed with water to avoid fibre release during the process.
- The assessor will use non-powered tool to cut the suspected material. The size of the sample taken should be at least as big as a coin for better identification.
- The sample will be put inside a sealed container and sent to a NATA accredited lab for further analysis.
- The suspected material, where the sample is taken, will be patched with a sealant.
- All PPE will be put inside a container for disposal. If it’s a reusable tool, the removalist will wipe it with a wet fabric to remove all fibres that may be attached to it. The fabric will go inside the plastic bag for disposal.
4. Analysis result
After analysis, the lab will create and deliver a report to you. The report will contain important information to help you define the next step to take. If you get a negative result, you don’t have to be worried. But, if the result is positive, the removalist will give you several recommendations to make your place safe from fibre contamination.
3 ways to deal with ACMs
There are several ways to securely handle ACMs without trying to make a DIY removal attempt. One of the best ways possible is by seeking help and advice from an expert. Some services provided by an approved removalist can come in handy to solve your problem. In common, you may find these following services in asbestos industry: Asbestos removal Brisbane, testing, roof removal, management file, emergency repair, demolition, soil remediation, air monitoring and consultancy.
Below are several options you can seek from your chosen removalist:
1. ACM repair
This option will allow the contractor to seal or cover the ACM with special sealants or a new ACM-free product.
2. Live with ACM safely
You can take this option by creating a management plan for your contaminated building. You should also develop greater awareness to the danger of ACMs. By doing so, you can expect to live peacefully without giving any chance to disturb the ACMs in your premises.
3. Clean and safe removal process
Removing ACMs out of your property is still considered as the best option. If the contaminated materials are still undamaged, you can hire a B-class license removalist to manage your bonded ACM products. Often, the service cost is more reasonable than the cost offered by A-class licensed contractors.
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Their full licensing, exceptional skills, and experiences will ensure you that you’ll get a high-quality result at a great value. Whether it’s a residential, commercial, or industrial property, they will help you with care.