Ask an Asbestos Expert: What Should I Look For in a Professional Asbestos Removalist in Melbourne?

Navigating the process of asbestos removal in Melbourne can feel daunting, but knowing what to look for in a professional asbestos removalist can ease much of that burden.

In this instalment of our “Ask an Asbestos Expert” series, we’re guiding Melbourne homeowners through the critical points of selecting a reputable and reliable asbestos removal company. So, let’s dive into the essentials of choosing the right team to handle asbestos safely in your home.

What makes an asbestos company good?

A high-quality asbestos removal company stands out through:

  • Licensing and Accreditation: Ensure they hold the necessary state and federal licenses, demonstrating their compliance with strict health and safety regulations.
  • Experience and Reputation: Look for companies with a solid track record of successful asbestos removal projects and positive reviews from past clients.
  • Transparency and Communication: Good companies provide clear, upfront information about their processes, costs, and what to expect during the removal.

What questions should you ask before you hire a company?

Before you choose an asbestos removal company to hire, it’s best to ask them questions about their experience. It will help you to build a relationship and trust. Some of the questions you can consider asking include:

  1. What licenses and accreditations do you have? (Learn more about license classes here).
  2. Can you provide references from previous asbestos removal jobs?
  3. How do you ensure the safety of your workers and clients during the removal process?
  4. What are your procedures for asbestos containment and disposal?

What are the signs of a dodgy asbestos removalist?

Recognising a questionable asbestos removal company often comes down to a few key indicators.

First and foremost is the absence of proper credentials. A reputable company should readily share their licenses and accreditations, validating their authority and knowledge in safely handling asbestos. When a company operates without these credentials or hesitates to provide them, it’s a red flag.

Another warning sign is a lack of transparency about their processes. A trustworthy company will clearly explain how they plan to manage asbestos removal process, including safety measures for workers and residents, as well as their procedures for containing and legally disposing of asbestos waste. If a company is vague about these details or unwilling to discuss them openly, it suggests they may cut corners, compromising safety and regulatory compliance.

Additionally, unusually low quotes can signal a dodgy operator. While cost is an important consideration, significantly lower estimates compared to other companies might indicate that they’re skimping on necessary safety protocols or proper disposal methods. This not only poses health risks but could also result in legal issues for homeowners due to non-compliance with asbestos removal regulations.

Scenario Example:

Sarah, a homeowner in Melbourne, discovered potential asbestos-containing materials during renovations. Seeking professional help, she contacted several asbestos removal companies. One company offered a much lower quote than the others but was vague about disposal methods and couldn’t provide recent references or proof of licensing. Another company, while more expensive, was upfront about their qualifications, had clear safety and disposal procedures, and provided ample client references.

Choosing the second company, Sarah felt confident in their ability to safely and legally handle the asbestos removal, emphasising the importance of not just cost but safety and reliability in her decision-making process.

How Asbestos Australia Can Help

At Asbestos Australia, we pride ourselves on our professionalism, expertise, and dedication to safety in every asbestos removal project.

Our team is fully licensed and experienced in handling both friable and non-friable asbestos, ensuring every job is completed to the highest standards of safety and compliance.

 From initial asbestos testing and inspection to the safe removal and disposal of asbestos materials, we work closely with our clients to provide peace of mind through transparent communication and quality service.

Choosing the right asbestos removalist is crucial for the safety of your home and health. Asbestos Australia is here to support Melbourne homeowners with our comprehensive asbestos removal services.

Call us on 03 9704 2952 or make an enquiry here.

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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