Disposing of Asbestos
Asbestos can be a serious hazard to people’s health and if this had been known in the 1800s, it probably never would have been introduced for use as an additive to construction materials to make them more insular. Unfortunately that was not the case though and so about 50% of all houses constructed through the 1800s and into the 1980s and 1990s have asbestos as an additive in their construction materials.
Although there are 6 different types of asbestos, all 6 are potentially harmful to health but only 3 were ever intentionally used in the construction industry, the other 3 though are also often present as contaminants in those buildings. In Australia, the use of asbestos in construction materials was banned and so any house or other building constructed since then will be clear from any asbestos hazard but unfortunately, all buildings constructed prior to 2003 when the ban was introduce, may have an asbestos hazard.
Today there are companies like www.vipasbestosremovalsydney.com.au which can test for asbestos hazards and if necessary remove them. This is a specialized task as each of the 6 different types of asbestos has to be handled and disposed of differently. Fully aware of the risks and correct procedures for the safe disposal of asbestos, these companies are in demand more and more as an increasing number of people want to know if they or their family are at risk of catching cancer or mesothelioma which has been associated with asbestos.
When first constructed, many of the buildings, that have asbestos in some of their materials, are usually safe as the asbestos is known to only escape into the environment from the materials they are combined with when those materials are disturbed or damaged. It is at those times that the asbestos can be harmful and in some cases, even lethal as the asbestos fibers are inhaled into the lungs where they cannot be removed, potentially resulting in either mesothelioma or cancer. This means that when a building that was built prior to 2003 is demolished, it could release lots of asbestos fibers into the atmosphere where they can be inhaled by those people in the surrounding area. For this reason today, when buildings are due for demolition, these specialist companies are called in to check for asbestos. If asbestos is present then those same companies take measures to ensure that the asbestos is safely removed and disposed of correctly in accordance with current safety instructions ordered by both national and local authorities.
As signs of ill health from asbestos can take years to develop, many people are having their homes checked for signs that asbestos was used in the construction materials and if it was, have the asbestos removed, hopefully before it can have a detrimental health effect on their family members. These specialist companies that deal with asbestos are therefore becoming very busy and will probably remain so for some time as the removal of asbestos safely, is not something that can be done as a DIY task.