Asbestos Testing and Management
Alpha Environmental provides a comprehensive service covering the identification and management during the removal of asbestos containing materials. We offer a time and cost effective service that can be tailored around your business needs.
Our range of Asbestos related services include:
- Hazardous Materials Audit (Division 5 and Division 6)
- Asbestos Testing Service
- Asbestos Identification
- Asbestos Management Plans
- Para-occupation Air Monitoring
- Visual Clearance Inspection
- Hygienist Services – Onsite supervision
For peace of mind contact Alpha Environmental, our friendly staff will work with you to help identify and if necessary manage the removal of any asbestos containing products from your home or workplace.
Asbestos was a component in many manufactured items used in commercial and domestic environments during the 20th century due to desirable physical properties. Common asbestos containing products found in buildings include wall and eave sheeting, roofing, ceiling insulation, tiles, pipes, switch boards, vinyl tiles, mastics and glues.
It is estimated that 98% of Australian homes constructed before 1976 contained asbestos. Asbestos was phased out from the 1980’s becoming banned on 31 December 2003 in Australia due asbestos related diseases.
While some asbestos containing products have unique manufacturing characteristics, such as a golf ball dimple pattern, it is not always possible to identify if the material is asbestos containing simply by looking at it.
Alpha Environmental recommends that you should always seek professional advice when it comes to identifying and removing asbestos containing materials in your premises.
As a general rule, if the building was built:
- Before the mid 1980’s – it is highly likely that it has asbestos containing products
- Between the mid 1980s and 1990 – it is likely that it has asbestos containing products
- After 1990 – Possibly has asbestos containing products
Laws and Guidance
Asbestos containing materials are required to be identified prior to the commencement of any works which require the demolition and/or refurbishment. If you manage or control of a workplace, including home owners sub-contracting works, you have a legal responsibility relating to asbestos.
For more information regarding Laws and Guidance in relation to asbestos in the workplace or home please visit asbestos.vic.gov.au.
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