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 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.
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All Building Inspections conduct asbestos inspections across North Queensland. Our asbestos reports generally cost from $320.00 + GST depending on the size 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)]
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.
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.
An Asbestos Inspection Report includes 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, and Lab analysis reports of samples taken.
Asbestos or asbestos-containing materials could possibly be found in the following areas:
COMMON TYPES OF ASBESTOS
- Non-friable (tightly bound) asbestos: Commonly found in Australian buildings in various products that contains asbestos fibres which have been mixed with other materials, such as cement. If non-friable asbestos is damaged or broken, it may release asbestos fibres into the air, and then into your or your family's lungs.
- Friable (loosely bound) asbestos: A material that contains asbestos that can be easily crumbled or reduced to powder, such as insulation. This type of asbestos is more likely to become airborne.
- The three most common types of asbestos are: Chrysotile (white), Amosite (brown), Crocidolite (blue). It is widely agreed that Crocidolite is likely to be responsible for more deaths than any other type of asbestos. This is because its fibres are particularly thin, allowing them to lodge more easily in a persons lung tissue.
- It's estimated that approximately one third of all homes in Australia contain asbestos products. If your house was built before 1990, it is likely that it would have some asbestos-containing materials.
- The Asbestos Awareness website has a helpful list of places where asbestos could possibly be found in your home.
Our professional team can provide a custom Asbestos Register and Management Plan for your workplace or business on request.