Ask an Asbestos Expert: What is the Asbestos Removal Process?

Welcome back to our “Ask an Asbestos Expert” series, where our asbestos removalists here at Asbestos Australia dive deep into the questions Melbourne homeowners frequently ask us about asbestos.

Today’s focus is on a crucial topic that affects the safety of many homes in our community: the asbestos removal process.

Asbestos removal is not just a task—it’s a critical step towards ensuring the health and safety of your living environment.

Understanding this process is key to making informed decisions about managing asbestos in your home. So, let’s unpack what the asbestos removal process involves and why it’s vital for Melbourne homeowners to have clear, actionable knowledge on this matter.

How do you remove asbestos?

The process of asbestos removal involves several key steps, starting with a thorough inspection and identification of asbestos-containing materials. Following this, a detailed plan is drawn up, outlining the safest method for removal, containment, and disposal.

What are the asbestos removal rules for Melbourne?

In Melbourne, and Victoria at large, asbestos removal is tightly regulated. Key rules include:

  • Friable asbestos must be removed by a Class A licensed removalist.
  • Non-friable (bonded) asbestos removal over 10 square meters requires a Class B licensed removalist.
  • Notification to WorkSafe Victoria before commencement of the removal work.
  • All asbestos that is removed from a property must be disposed of legally and be compliant with the EPA regulations.

What is actually involved in the asbestos removal process?

The removal process encompasses:

  • Safe Removal: Asbestos is carefully removed, minimising breakage to prevent fibre release.
  • Preparation: Areas are sealed off, and air monitoring is often conducted to ensure asbestos fibres aren’t spreading.
  • Transportation and Safe Disposal: Asbestos waste is securely packaged and transported to a licensed landfill site for disposal.  

What are my options? (DIY vs Professional)

While DIY asbestos removal is permissible under certain conditions, it’s highly recommended to use professional services for safety and compliance. The risks involved with improper handling far outweigh the potential savings.

Choose a Class A licensed asbestos removalist as they can remove all types of asbestos materials, including friable and non-friable asbestos, and even asbestos contaminated dust.  

Who can help?

Licensed asbestos removalists, like us here at Asbestos Australia, are equipped with the knowledge, equipment, and accreditation to safely remove asbestos, adhering to all regulatory and health standards.

Scenario Example:

Consider Tim, a homeowner in Melbourne, who discovers asbestos cement sheets in his garage. Aware of the potential risks but unsure of the correct approach, Tim initially contemplates a DIY removal. He quickly realises the complexity of safe asbestos handling, from personal protection to legal disposal requirements.

After researching and receiving wildly varying quotes, Tim finds our Melbourne asbestos removal services, where we offer a clear, comprehensive breakdown of our services. The quote includes not just the removal but also the preparation, air monitoring, and secure disposal, aligning with all health and safety regulations. This transparency and professionalism reassure Tim that his asbestos problem will be handled correctly and safely, making the investment in professional removal clearly worthwhile.

How Asbestos Australia can help

At Asbestos Australia, we’re ready to assist homeowners and business owners throughout Melbourne and beyond with asbestos removal work. From the initial inspection to the final disposal at a licensed facility, we ensure that every step is carried out with the utmost regard for safety and compliance.

Our team of class A & B licensed experts provides peace of mind, ensuring that your property is free from asbestos hazards and safe for all occupants.

Navigating the asbestos removal process may seem daunting, but with Asbestos Australia, you’re in capable hands. Reach out today to learn more about our services and how we can help you create a safer environment in your home or business.

Call us on 03 9704 2952 or make an enquiry here for any of our asbestos services.

Tommy Clappers

Tommy Clappers

Tommy Clappers is the Owner and Founder of Asbestos Australia Removalist specialising as a Class A & B Licensed Company with highly trained ticketed staff with over 25+ years in the industry in Friable & Non-Friable Commercial, Industrial & Domestic. He's well-skilled in all types of Asbestos Removal and Hazardous Materials. He's an expert in Encapsulation, Soil Remediation and Industrial Cleaning. He prides himself on creating safer environments for his team and his client's safety and ensuring every removal is safe and clean. He currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.

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