Ensure you know the risks

Asbestos becomes a risk to human health when the material is disturbed causing fibres to be released and become airborne.

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW: NAC Services are licensed for Class A (Friable) and Class B (Non-Friable) asbestos removal and remediation.

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW: NAC Services are licensed for Class A (Friable) and Class B (Non-Friable) asbestos removal and remediation.

Asbestos Awareness Month helps to inform the general public about the risks associated with asbestos and how to safely manage these materials.

The campaign is aimed primarily at the home renovator and with over 3000 building products manufactured with asbestos in Australia, older homes can be riddled with asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral widely distributed in rock deposits and was mined in Australia for use in building products until late 1983.

Asbestos becomes a risk to human health when the material is disturbed causing fibres to be released and become airborne.

Significant exposure and inhalation of these fibres can result in serious diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.

Asbestos-containing building materials are classified as either Friable or Non-Friable. Friable materials are those that can be crushed into a powder using hand pressure and include loose-fill asbestos insulation, millboard products and pipe lagging. These are considered to be a greater health risk and are generally more costly to remove.

Non-Friable materials are bound by a matrix, such as fibre cement sheeting (fibro), vinyl tiles and electrical boards and pose a lower risk if managed correctly, however they generally occur in larger quantities throughout the home and workplace.

Fibre cement products are the most commonly encountered in the home and can be present in external or internal areas.

"Externally you may find asbestos in the eaves, roof sheeting, gutters, gables and walls to name a few", Murray Lynch, Managing Director of NAC Services said.

"Internally, you will primarily find asbestos-containing fibro in the wet areas such as bathrooms, kitchen and laundry. Other common areas to find asbestos around the home are within the electrical box, vinyl flooring products and beneath bathroom and kitchen tiles. The best way to be sure is to have the material tested."

NAC Services are licensed for Class A (Friable) and Class B (Non-Friable) asbestos removal and remediation. For a free quote, contact NAC Services on (02) 4947 1762.

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