What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in the surface of the earth. There were many materials used in the construction industry that contained asbestos. The most common form of asbestos found in domestic houses is bonded asbestos materials.

Bonded (Tightly Bound) Asbestos
Bonded materials are mainly made up of a bonding compound such as cement with up to 15% asbestos added. Bonded materials that contain asbestos are solid, quite rigid and the dangerous asbestos fibres are tightly bound in the material. They are commonly called;

  • Fibro
  • Asbestos cement
  • AC sheeting

Do I have materials containing Asbestos in my house?

Asbestos was mined in Australia and due to its durability, fire resistance and insulating properties it was a material of choice in the building industry between the 1940's and late 1980's before the production of asbestos stopped. The use of all forms of asbestos has been banned nationwide since 31 December 2003. However this ban does not apply to asbestos materials installed prior to this date.

Generally, if your house was built;

Before mid 1980's – highly likely it would have materials containing asbestos
Between mid 1980's and 1990 – likely it would have materials containing asbestos
After 1990 – highly unlikely it would have materials containing asbestos

Where could I find materials containing asbestos in my house?

  • Wall sheeting – particularity in 'wet' areas including kitchen, bathroom & laundry
  • Ceiling sheeting
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Eaves & lining above windows & doors
  • Corrugated Asbestos Roofing
  • Backyard Sheds
  • Fencing

What's the risk?

If asbestos is worked with, disturbed or damaged and asbestos fibres are released it poses a serious health risk. Similarly after a period of time asbestos begins to breaks down, weathered by the elements, and asbestos fibres are released into the atmosphere. If breathed into your lungs asbestos fibres can cause health problems including Asbestosis, lung cancer and Mesothelioma. Asbestos is a serious issue and that is why you need a licensed specialist trained in the safe and legal removal of asbestos to rid your place of the deadly hazard.

What can I do?

Do not take chances with yours, your families or your employees' health. The health hazards associated with asbestos are deadly and that's why you need to trust your asbestos removal to the specialists…Ezy Strip.

Ezy Strip is your local fully licensed, Worksafe approved and insured asbestos removalists. Ezy Strip ensures all work is carried out to the strictest standards. All asbestos is removed & disposed of in accordance with OS&H Act 1984, OS&H Reg. 1996 & Part 9 of the Code of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos - 2nd Edition [NOHSC: 2002 (2005)].

Want to know 100% if you have asbestos?

Ezy Strip can attend your home, office or work site, take a small sample and have a laboratory test the material for the presence of asbestos.

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