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Frequently Asked Questions

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WorkSafe Victoria
Licence HO3-01793

ABN 91 146 589 152
Question: How do I know if the cement sheet under my floor tiles is asbestos?
Answer: There is only one way to be 100% sure and that is to take a sample and have it tested at a NATA approved laboratory. However, if your bathroom looks older than 1990 and one side of the sheeting has a dimpled surface it is most likely asbestos cement sheeting. If in doubt, treat as though it is asbestos.

Question: I know I have some asbestos in my home but do I have to have it removed for safety reasons?
Answer: Non-Friable asbestos products are perfectly safe so long as they are in good condition, they are not damaged or weathered and you must never drill or cut into the sheeting.

Question: How much notice do you need to remove the asbestos?
Answer: Worksafe require 5 days notice of any asbestos removal over 10m2. Under 10m2 Worksafe require 24 hours notice.

Question: The roof of our workshop has been damaged in the storm. Some of the roof is broken are we in danger?
Answer: Yes this would be considered as an emergency and Worksafe would under these circumstances allow us to do an emergency removal.

Question: How do we know it will be safe for us to re-enter our home after the asbestos removal?
Answer: We can arrange for an Asbestos Clearance Certificate to be issued to you. This is given by an independent person who has knowledge of asbestos removal procedures and the 2007 OHS rules and regulations. They will inspect the property after the removal and issue a certificate confirming that it is safe to re-enter. Alternatively or in addition we can arrange air monitoring where a sample of the air is analysed to ensure the air purity is within the Australian Standards.

Question: On a job site where there may be people working nearby how will you prevent asbestos fibres escaping and becoming airbourne.
Answer: Apart from our usual preventative measures, we may seal the removal area using plastic sheeting, use air monitors to monitor airbourne asbestos fibre levels and/or arrange removal after hours or at a weekend. Every job is assessed for high risks, whether to the public or to our own removalist crew. Where we identify a high risk we complete a "Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) which documents the risks, prevention/control measures and site specific removal procedures for our removalists to follow. These documents are kept on site and are available to be viewed.

Question: Do you remove friable asbestos?
Answer: No, removal of friable asbestos must be carried out by an "A" class removalist. Go to the home page worksafe link to view a listed of licenced "A" class removalist. We only remove non-friable "B" class asbestos.

Question: I want my asbestos roof removed and for the new colourbond roof to go on same day. Is that possible?
Answer: Yes we do this often. With a large team of removalists we can have the roof removal completed early morning, approx 10:30 a.m., allowing a roof plumber to put a new roof on the same day. Obviously, this is dependent on the size of the roof. In the case of a large roof we can remove the old asbestos roof in stages.

Question: I am renovating my kitchen and I believe there is a small amount of asbestos sheeting behind the tiled splash-back, can I remove this myself and just pay for you to collect and dispose of the asbestos?
Answer: Yes you can do this and we provide the pick-up service. Cost is dependent upon amount to be collected. Call or email us for a quote. However, you may want to consider using us for the removal because by the time you have brought a mask, protective clothing and plastic it will cost almost the same as it would for one of our crew to do the removal.

Question: How do you do the asbestos sampling and testing? Can I do my own sampling?
Answer: We remove a small piece of the suspect asbestos material. Seal the material in a plastic bag and either take or send it to a NATA approved laboratory for analysis. You can do this yourself and there are a number of "Occupational Hygienist" to be found on the internet who can instruct you further.

Question: What is encapsulation using an asbestos sealer?
Answer: This is sometimes used, especially on commercial properties, where actual removal of asbestos containing material and suitable replacement of the removed material would cause unacceptable distruption or cost or the location/accessibility of the asbestos containing material makes removal an unviable solution. An alternative solution to removal in these circumstances is encapsulation using an asbestos sealer. This sealer is sprayed onto the asbestos and will strengthen and prolong the longevity of the asbestos containing material.
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