Hazaway is certified by Worksafe Victoria as Class A & Class B Asbestos Removalist.
Our vehicles have been approved by EPA (Environment Protection Authority) Victoria, and we have full insurance. Hazaway has a team of fully qualified and experienced professionals. Our supervisors are trained to provide inspections of asbestos containing materials. Our team will ensure a safe and efficient Asbestos Removal process.
It is not always possible to identify asbestos by close examination. If you are not experienced in identifying asbestos materials, it is strongly recommended that you engage qualified and licensed professionals.
Licensed professionals should be able to identify asbestos materials through visual inspections. However, to increase accurately, a sample of the material can usually be taken to an accredited laboratory for further testing.
If your home was constructed before 1990 when asbestos was outlawed as a construction material the odds are quite high that this dangerous material exists somewhere in your home. Asbestos containing materials can be found in eaves, internal and external wall cladding, bathroom and laundry ceiling, and fences.
If you are in doubt, engage a licensed professional to organise a visit to your property.
If you have identified asbestos in your home, you have a couple of different options available.
Option 1: Leave the asbestos material undisturbed
As the homeowner, you can choose to simply leave the asbestos materials alone and ensure it is not disturbed in the future. There’s no such thing as a zero-risk asbestos material, however, and most people (understandably) do not choose to go down this road.
Option 2: Remove the asbestos containing material yourself
As the homeowner, you can choose to remove the asbestos materials through a DIY approach. Limited asbestos removal work is permitted without a licence where the asbestos containing material is non-friable and does not exceed 10 square metres in total. You may be able to carry out minor repairs on asbestos cement materials, as long as the proper safety precautions are followed for these activities.
Option 3: Contact a Licensed Asbestos Removalist to remove and dispose the asbestos material
As the risk factors for any asbestos removal works is high, it is always recommended that you consult a licensed asbestos removal company to conduct this work. Depending on the type of asbestos found, you will need to contact a qualified B-Class company (non-friable ACM) or A-Class company (friable ACD). A qualified and experienced company will have the correct protective material to ensure a safe and efficient removal.
As highlighted above, you may choose to conduct the asbestos removal works yourself if you choose to do so – but be aware there are strict safety procedures and protective equipment you will need to invest in to tackle this project safely.
Firstly, you will need to invest in the appropriate tools and equipment, including suitable respirators, clothing and coveralls, dust vacuum cleaners, non-powered hand tools, etc.
Secondly, you must take extra care to not break up the asbestos material and release it into the air. This is when it can become dangerous.
Finally, you’ll need to set up ventilation that doesn’t just promote better airflow in the premise but also contains and controls any airborne asbestos materials that could contaminate other areas.
For most homeowners who have discovered asbestos in their home it isn’t worth trying to do this job on their own. Licensed asbestos removalists are trained to conduct the asbestos removal works in a safe and efficient manner.
In Victoria, you can choose to remove, transport, and dispose of asbestos on your own as long as you are abiding by all laws governing this practice.
The transportation and disposal of asbestos in particular is highly regulated in Victoria (as well as throughout the rest of Australia), and you’ll need to reach out directly to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) as well as WorkSafe Victoria to find out exactly what has to be done to transport asbestos as well as where you are legally allowed to dispose of this dangerous material.
A licensed asbestos removal company must have all vehicles transporting asbestos materials approved by EPA.