Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral which was incorporated extensively into a variety of building materials before it was eventually phased out (from manufacturing and sale) in Australia in the late 1980s.
In its raw form, asbestos is well known to cause health effects in humans, particularly lung and respiratory conditions. The severity of these effects is dependent on a number of factors. The most important being the amount of asbestos fibers a person has been exposed to.
Therefore, it is extremely important to limit the amount of human exposure to asbestos as much as possible – particularly during building demolition, or during renovation work.
Any person (or company) undertaking the removal of more than 10m2 of asbestos panels is required to be licensed with WorkSafe WA for the safe removal of asbestos. Home renovators are advised that this 10m2 restriction also applies to them, and they too can apply for a license from WorkSafe on (08) 9327 8777.
If you have any concerns about asbestos removal operations near you, please Contact Us immediately.