Asbestos, a group of naturally occurring minerals, was widely used in construction and various building materials until the late 20th century. It was favoured due to its heat resistance, strength and insulation properties.
Little was known or understood about asbestos fibres during this period, however, this changed following increasing instances of illness amongst those working with it.
It is now known to pose serious health risks when disturbed, with asbestos exposure being linked with serious lung diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
Due to these risks, it is essential that you only ever hire a professional asbestos removal company to remove and dispose of asbestos waste.
The Risks of DIY Asbestos Removal
Attempting to remove asbestos by yourself can be hazardous and is strongly advised against. This is because, during the process of removal, microscopic asbestos fibres can be released into the air.
If inhaled, these fibres can cause potentially fatal health conditions – something that is much more likely to occur if improperly handled. Only with proper training and equipment can the risk of exposure be reduced and managed effectively.
Attempting this DIY places you and everyone in your home or neighbourhood at risk of ongoing exposure.
Hiring an asbestos removal professional is the single best way to ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones and the wider community in which you live.
The Value Of Professional Expertise
Professional asbestos removalists possess the necessary training, licensing and specialised equipment to safely handle and dispose of asbestos.
They adhere to strict safety protocols, including the use of respirators, protective clothing and containment barriers, and they know the correct procedures for cleaning and decontaminating the site after removal.
Additional benefits of working with a licensed asbestos removalist include:
Comprehensive Risk Assessment
Through careful review of your property, all asbestos can be properly identified and a detailed plan for its removal and disposal created.
This allows for a meticulous approach through which all asbestos is accounted for and safely removed in one go, further reducing the risk of exposure both now and in the future.
In most states and territories in Australia, local laws and regulations govern the removal and disposal of asbestos. Failure to adhere to these can see you facing significant fines or even jail time.
Professionals are familiar with these regulations and can ensure that the removal process complies with all necessary legislation. Ensuring you cannot be accused of improper handling or of breaching these important health and safety guidelines.
This is just another reason why it is so important to hire a qualified professional to remove asbestos.
Skilled and experienced, professional asbestos removalists deliver unmatched efficiency. This reduces downtime during renovations or demolition while also further reducing the risk of exposure.
Streamlined, stress-free and able to guarantee complete removal in a swift timeframe, you can get back to your home in record time and continue with work as planned.
Peace of Mind
Perhaps most importantly, hiring a professional provides peace of mind. Knowing that the asbestos removal is being handled by experts who will do the job safely and effectively can alleviate concerns for your health and the health of your family or residents.
The risks of exposure are drastically reduced and you can return to your home safe in the knowledge that all asbestos has been properly removed and disposed of.
Icon Asbestos – Trusted & Licensed Professionals
While attempting to remove asbestos yourself may seem like a way to save money, the potential health risks and legal implications make it a task best left to professionals.
Hiring professional asbestos removalists is not just about getting the job done; it’s about ensuring the job is done safely, legally, and thoroughly.
At Icon Asbestos, we are trained and licensed to expertly remove and dispose of all types of asbestos. Whether friable or non-friable, we adhere to the most strict safety protocols to ensure all fibres are contained and that your property is returned to you free of asbestos.
With years of experience and a commitment to ongoing education and training, we’re the team you can trust to identify, remove and dispose of asbestos properly.
Call Icon Asbestos today to learn more at 07 3053 3453.