Discovering asbestos on your residential or commercial property can be daunting. The stress of finding out you have a toxic and potentially deadly substance can be compounded with the complications of navigating complex legislation and legal obligations, as well as the pressure of possible financial losses.
The experienced team here at AHI Asbestos Consultants take the guesswork out of asbestos identification, reporting and management for your home or development property. We can help you simplify and navigate the legal obligations and practical aspects of asbestos control and disposal in a cost-effective and organised manner. Read on for more information.
Asbestos was a popular product used in the construction and industrial sectors in Australia between the 1920s and 1980s; it was used prolifically until 1990 when health concerns and legislation banned the production and sale of this deadly product.
Examples of some common products that are known to contain asbestos include:
On December 31st 2003, the import, sale, storage or use of asbestos was finally banned in all states across Australia.
Asbestos has been directly linked to many significant and potentially fatal health complications. These health risks include:
At this stage mesothelioma and asbestosis are exclusively linked to the inhalation of asbestos fibres. The chance of developing these conditions is increased significantly if an individual is also a smoker.
To date there is no known cure for mesothelioma and asbestosis. Australia has some of the highest recorded rates of asbestos-related disease in the world. For more information about asbestos and the health risks of asbestos exposure head to www.asbestossafety.gov.au.
Other information required in the management documents include, but are not limited to:
The register should be reviewed at least once every five years to ensure it is kept up-to-date. When reviewing the asbestos register, the person should carry out a visual inspection of the asbestos and ACM listed to determine its condition and revise the asbestos register as appropriate. Previous asbestos registers and records relating to asbestos can assist in identifying all asbestos and ACM on a site.
The asbestos register must be kept up to date if changes occur throughout the process of its management and removal.
Updates must be recorded whenever:
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