Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions regarding asbestos.
In New South Wales and other states it is law to obtain a Clearance Certificate if removal of Asbestos work has been carried out and the area is greater than 10 square meters. The purpose of a Clearance Certificate is to ensure that all asbestos fragments posing a risk have been removed prior to the re-occupation of the workplace or domestic premises.
Only an independent competent person through training and experience who has acquired the knowledge and skills may issue a Clearance Certificate for Non friable asbestos. For Friable asbestos work carried out by an independent licensed asbestos assessor or commonly known a an LAA, or a persons holding a tertiary qualification in occupational health and safety, occupational hygiene, science, building, construction or environmental training may conduct a clearance inspection ans issue a Clearance Certificate.
An asbestos register is a document that lists asbestos contaminated materials or commonly known as ACM to be present or presumed to be present in the workplace.
Asbestos is found in over 3000 products. It wasn't until the mid 1980's that asbestos stopped being manufactured in Australia. It was legal to use asbestos building products up until 2003. Common Places Around The House Asbestos Is Found: - Eave linings - Exterior wall linings - Internal wall linings - Celining linings - Manhole covers at access points to the ceiling void - Wet areas ( bathroom / laundry / kitchen ) - Gables - Porch linings - Electrical boards inside electrical boxes
Non-friable asbestos is materials containing asbestos that is not friable. Non-friable asbestos are materials containing asbestos fibres reinforced with a bonding compound. Non-friable asbestos is usually present but not limited to a properties eves, bathroom, laundry and garage.
Friable asbestos is material that is in a powder form or that can be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to a powder by hand pressure when dry, and contains asbestos.