Ask an Asbestos Expert: Why is Asbestos Bad?

Diving into the heart of concerns that Melbourne homeowners frequently share with us, this part of our “Ask an Asbestos Expert” series tackles a fundamental question: Why is asbestos considered bad?

So, let’s talk about what the real problem is with asbestos and why awareness and proper management of asbestos is crucial in ensuring the safety and health of our homes and communities.

Here’s what our asbestos experts think you need to know.

Why is asbestos dangerous?

Asbestos is hazardous due to its tiny fibres that can easily become airborne and inhaled. Once inhaled, these fibres can lodge in the lung tissue, causing damage and asbestos related diseases over time.

What are the health risks associated with asbestos?

Exposure to asbestos can lead to several serious health issues, including:

  • Asbestosis: A chronic lung condition characterised by lung scarring, leading to progressive shortness of breath.
  • Lung Cancer: A significant increase in lung cancer risk is associated with asbestos exposure, particularly among smokers.
  • Mesothelioma: A rare and aggressive cancer affecting the lining of the lungs or abdomen, almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure.

How does asbestos exposure occur?

Asbestos exposure can happen in various ways, often when asbestos-containing materials are disturbed, releasing fibres into the air. Here are a few scenarios:

  • Home Renovations: John decides to renovate his 1970s home, unknowingly sawing through asbestos cement sheets in his bathroom. The sawing releases asbestos fibres into the air, posing a risk to anyone in the vicinity.
  • DIY Projects: Emma, an avid DIYer, attempts to remove old insulation from her attic, not realising it contains asbestos. The disturbance sends microscopic asbestos fibres airborne, which she inhales.
  • Wear and Tear: Over time, the asbestos-containing vinyl tiles in Alex’s kitchen begin to break down. As the tiles deteriorate, asbestos fibres are released into the home environment, especially when the tiles are disturbed by foot traffic.

What should I do to be asbestos safe?

To minimise the risk of exposure:

  • Identify potential asbestos materials in your home before starting any renovation or DIY project.
  • Avoid disturbing materials that may contain asbestos.
  • Consult with licensed asbestos removal professionals for assessment and safe removal, if asbestos is suspected.

How Asbestos Australia can help

At Asbestos Australia, we understand the concerns and challenges homeowners face when dealing with asbestos. Our comprehensive asbestos management services are designed not only to address immediate removal and disposal needs but also to assist in the early stages of planning and decision-making. Here’s how we can support you:

Expert Testing and Assessment

Before any removal begins, it’s crucial to accurately identify the presence of asbestos in your property. Our team can help to determine if asbestos is present, its type, and the extent of contamination.

Safe Removal and Disposal

Leveraging our expertise and adhering to strict safety standards, we specialise in the safe removal of asbestos-containing materials. Whether it’s friable or non-friable asbestos, our licensed professionals ensure that it is removed safely and disposed of properly at licensed facilities, minimising any risk to health and the environment. We remove asbestos in Melbourne, Victoria and even interstate too.

Informed Decision Making

Understanding the complexity and risks associated with asbestos, we provide clear, straightforward advice to help you make informed decisions. Whether you’re considering a renovation project, have discovered potential asbestos materials during DIY work, or are concerned about the condition of existing asbestos in your home, we guide you through your options and the best course of action.

Compliance and Peace of Mind

With a deep understanding of local regulations and best practices, we ensure that all asbestos removal and disposal work is carried out in compliance with Melbourne’s and Victoria’s asbestos management laws. Our goal is to provide peace of mind, knowing that your asbestos concerns are managed professionally, safely, and in accordance with the law.

At Asbestos Australia, we’re dedicated to providing a service that goes beyond mere removal. We aim to be your trusted partner in asbestos management, offering expertise and support at every step to ensure your home is safe, healthy, and asbestos-free.

Call us today 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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