Asbestos is a naturally occurring material that was widely used in building materials up to 1987. It is commonly found in materials such as:
When such materials are left undisturbed they are relatively harmless. However, if the material is damaged or disturbed it may release fibres into the air. Exposure to asbestos fibres may cause a number of diseases including asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer or pleural plaque. (Department of Health).
Only the disposal of small quantities of asbestos is allowed at the Richardson Road site, Harvey. Larger quantities must be directed to the Stanley Road site in Leschenault by appointment, please phone 9797 2404.
Worksafe laws require that a certified Asbestos removal contractor be used for quantities greater than 10 square metres. Areas less than 10 square metres can be a DIY job, though you need to be careful to make sure that you do the job safely and completely. You will need to ensure that you suit up with your disposable coveralls. Also put on gloves, goggles, boots and use an appropriately rated respirator all of which must be disposed of by sealing in a thick plastic bag.
When wrapping up the asbestos follow the instructions below:
- Thoroughly wet each sheet of asbestos with water;
- Wrap asbestos waste in heavy-duty builders’ plastic (at least 200 microns thick);
- Completely seal the package, using builders tape or duct tape. Packages must be wrapped in manageable sizes for unloading; and
- Label the plastic appropriately so that it is evident that it contains asbestos.