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Reasons for Asbestos Removal in Sydney

By Kieran White Subscribe to RSS | August 16th 2012 | Views:

If you're a contractor, or you're employing one for work on an older building, odds are good that you're aware of the problems surrounding asbestos removal, in Sydney and the surrounding suburbs. This naturally occurring silicate mineral was used for years as an insulating material, primarily due to it's fantastic soundproofing qualities, reliable tensile strength, and high resistance to fire, heat, electrical, and chemical damage. It was also cheap to acquire, and all of this results in asbestos being present in nearly all older buildings, no matter how they're zoned.

It took doctors and scientists a lot of years to figure it out, but we now know that asbestos is a serious health hazard. It's great that we finally know, of course, but the downside is that we have a large mess to clean up, courtesy of our predecessors. We can't really blame them, since for many decades no one had any idea what was causing the health issues, as most of the asbestos-related illnesses take anywhere from twelve to twenty years to manifest. But now we know, and asbestos removal in Sydney is a very important process whenever you're dealing with an older structure.

If the long-term health implications isn't enough of an incentive, Australia has an all-encompassing ban on materials containing asbestos, established in 1991. Safe processes and certifications were developed for the removal of this material, with high standards of safety in mind, both for the people doing the actual removal, and for those that would be involved with the building after the fact. Strict controls are in place for dealing with this hazardous substance, so it's important that you contact professionals, and don't attempt to remove it yourself. It doesn't take much for the fibres to become airborne, where they can start causing all kinds of long-term havoc, so it's far better to be safe than sorry, and let the pros do their job.

Asbestos removal in Sydney is an ongoing process. There's a lot of older buildings in a city this size, and each one will have to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Inspections, surveys, removals, testing, it all takes time, and you can't assume that this old building has already been taken care of, so always make sure you have the place checked out before doing any construction or demolition. There's no need to put your health, and the health of anyone involved with the building, at risk, so do your part to help us clean up after the earlier generations.

Kieran White - About Author:
Mr Kieran White
Airsafe OHC Pty Ltd
93 Beattie Street BALMAIN NSW 2041
001 61 2 9555 9034

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