About Asbestos

Asbestos is a fibrous silicate material found naturally in the environment. Because of its versatility and usefulness, it was heavily mined and processed for decades. Up until the mid-1980s, Australia had one of the highest rates of asbestos use per person in the world, and it was banned in December 2003. Many properties built in the 70’s and 80’s contain asbestos in various forms.

There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres, and the results of exposure can be catastrophic. If you are planning any renovations you need to know whether the areas that may be Danger Asbestos refurbished contain asbestos fibres, because if asbestos is disturbed it can release dangerous fine particles of dust that if breathed in, can cause asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, laryngeal cancer and other serious diseases. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma, the cancer caused by asbestos, and there is a great guide on it here.

Residential & Commercial

Early consultation and identification by NATA laboratory asbestos testing can allow for more options to minimise risks and reduce the associated costs of managing asbestos. Whether you have a residence, a commercial property such as an office or shopping centre, a warehouse or industrial building on a manufacturing site, we can conduct a thorough audit for you and follow up with a professional report.

Servicing Across North Queensland

All Building Inspections conduct asbestos inspections across North Queensland. Asbestos Inspections cost is dependant on the size, type and location of the property.

Our local building inspector has a thorough knowledge of asbestos and we comply with all applicable legislation relating to asbestos relevant to QLD (refer to www.asbestos.qld.gov.au) and with the Code of Practice for the Management and Control of Asbestos in the Workplace [NOHSC: 2018 (2005)]

The Importance of Identifying Asbestos

In Queensland a workplace or business must ensure clear identification of any asbestos in and around the building. All Building Inspections can survey and sample test, then create an Asbestos Register and Management Plan specific to your commercial building, and advise on asbestos removal if applicable to the situation. We have no financial relationship with any Asbestos Removal companies, and you can be assured of impartial advice free of any financial bias when we recommend a trusted local asbestos removal business.

Our Asbestos Compliance Reports Include:

Clear records of locations with photos

The condition of the item in each area found

Advice regarding management of the asbestos going forward

Recommendations as to a formal Register and Management Plan

Lab analysis reports of samples taken

Where Asbestos May Be Found

Asbestos or asbestos-containing materials could possibly be found in the following areas:

  • Roofing and gutters
  • Gables and eaves
  • Walls – interior and exterior
  • Vinyl, carpet and tile underlay
  • Lining behind wall tiles
  • Imitation brick cladding
  • Fencing
  • Sheds
  • Splashbacks in wet areas
  • Telecommunications pits
  • Some types of window putty
  • Expansion joints
  • Packing under beams
  • Concrete formwork
  • Cement pipes
  • Electrical wire casings
  • Fire protection materials
  • Electrical switchboards
  • Vehicle gaskets, clutch facings and brake linings

Where Asbestos May Be Found

Asbestos or asbestos-containing materials could possibly be found in the following areas:

  • Roofing and gutters
  • Gables and eaves
  • Walls – interior and exterior
  • Vinyl, carpet and tile underlay
  • Lining behind wall tiles
  • Imitation brick cladding
  • Fencing
  • Sheds
  • Splashbacks in wet areas
  • Telecommunications pits
  • Some types of window putty
  • Expansion joints
  • Packing under beams
  • Concrete formwork
  • Cement pipes
  • Electrical wire casings
  • Fire protection materials
  • Electrical switchboards
  • Vehicle gaskets, clutch facings and brake linings

Residential & Commercial

Early consultation and identification by NATA laboratory asbestos testing can allow for more options to minimise risks and reduce the associated costs of managing asbestos. Whether you have a residence, a commercial property such as an office or shopping centre, a warehouse or industrial building on a manufacturing site, we can conduct a thorough audit for you and follow up with a professional report.

Servicing Across North Queensland

All Building Inspections conduct asbestos inspections across North Queensland. Asbestos Inspections cost is dependant on the size, type and location of the property.

Our local building inspector has a thorough knowledge of asbestos and we comply with all applicable legislation relating to asbestos relevant to QLD (refer to www.asbestos.qld.gov.au) and with the Code of Practice for the Management and Control of Asbestos in the Workplace [NOHSC: 2018 (2005)]

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