ASBESTOS REPORTS & IDENTIFICATION
An asbestos identification report is designed to document all areas where an asbestos product exists within a building or a property. It is often a requirement of the local Council that an asbestos identification report be obtained prior to undertaking any building works. Alternatively, a homeowner may be concerned with asbestos on the property or within a building.
Asbestos was mined not only in Australia but also South Africa and other countries. Mining of asbestos has been banned. This, however, does leave many different types of asbestos products on buildings, as well as on properties throughout Australia.
Asbestos fibres are microscopic fibres contained within building materials. In essence they were used as a reinforcing material within sand and cement or other materials where there was different applications used. Asbestos was found to be such a good and durable product, but it was extensively used and is known to be used in excess of 3000 different building products. For this reason the majority of homes in Australia constructed prior to the late 1980’s are likely to contain some degree of asbestos material.
The benefiting of undertaking an adequate asbestos identification report is to know areas where asbestos products exist. This is essential prior to undertaking building works so that the risk of exposure to a hazardous material is known.
Where the product is unknown and building works are undertaken, this can often lead to a hazardous material being incorrectly handled and exposes not only homeowner but adjoining properties to some degree of exposure to asbestos fibres.
The identification of asbestos products can only be undertaken by suitably qualified, or experienced, building experts. The building experts at DHBA will undertake an onsite inspection to determine areas where asbestos products exist. Where certification is required, then samples are taken to a NATA registered laboratory where testing and certification is given.
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