Who should remove the asbestos?
Sometimes, home makers and renovators identify asbestos, and when renovations are undertaken by builders, the environment becomes a workplace, and hence an accredited asbestos removalist should be engaged.
An accredited asbestos removalist should be engaged to remove the asbestos. Ensure that at all times, when asbestos is identified, that the appropriate protective equipment is used. This equipment will vary at each worksite and you should be guided by your OH&S Officer. If in doubt, contact WorkSafe/WorkCover Authority.
Unless you are an accredited asbestos removalist then you should never attempt to remove asbestos from your home.
Further, you may need to contact your local council to ascertain any procedures for the disposal of any asbestos.
- If in doubt ask a licensed expert whether the material contains asbestos and how you should manage it safely
- Most asbestos containing products, undisturbed, usually present a very low health risk
- It is not necessary to cover fibro on health grounds as long as it is undisturbed. But, if your fibro is in poor condition, get a licensed expert to advise on its removal, rather than covering it
- Watch for weathering fibro
- Do everything to try and minimise the generation of dust
- Never use power tools on a product which may be fibro
- Never undertake tasks that generate excessive dust, such as water or sand blasting, wire brushing, drilling or cutting on a product which may be fibro