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Understanding Asbestos: A Guide for Homeowners and Tradespeople

Asbestos, once a commonly used material in construction for its durability and fire resistance, now poses significant health risks if not handled properly. At Handyman Rubbish Removal, we understand the importance of ensuring your home or workplace is asbestos-free for the safety of everyone involved. Here's what you need to know about asbestos removal and safety precautions:

Do I have to remove asbestos in my home?

Asbestos-containing materials that remain intact and undisturbed pose minimal risk. However, as these materials age, they may become weathered or damaged, increasing the risk of fiber release. It's essential to monitor the condition of asbestos materials and consider removal if necessary.

How do I remove asbestos if I am a tradesperson or paid handyperson?

If you encounter asbestos on a job site, it's crucial to comply with Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) laws. Without a proper license:

  • You can remove up to 10m² of non-friable asbestos.

  • Friable asbestos removal is strictly prohibited without a license.

  • Always engage a licensed asbestos removalist for any amount of friable asbestos to ensure safety and compliance with regulations.

How do I plan and prepare for asbestos removal if I am doing it myself?

Before undertaking any unlicensed asbestos removal work, create a comprehensive asbestos removal plan. Adhering to the asbestos removal Code of Practice and WHS laws is essential to safeguarding yourself and others.

What should I wear when removing asbestos?

Proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is vital to prevent the spread of asbestos fibers and protect everyone's health. Ensure you wear appropriate gear, including coveralls, gloves, respiratory protection, and eye protection.

How do I decontaminate after removing asbestos?

Following asbestos removal, thorough decontamination is necessary to minimize exposure risks. This includes wiping down surfaces, disposing of contaminated clothing and PPE, and showering to remove any lingering fibers.

Where do I dispose of asbestos waste?

Asbestos waste must be taken to a licensed landfill capable of accepting it. Before transporting the waste, contact the landfill to understand their procedures and ensure compliance with disposal regulations.

At Handyman Rubbish Removal, we prioritize safety and compliance in asbestos removal projects. Whether you're a homeowner or a tradesperson, trust our expertise to handle asbestos removal with care and precision. Contact us today to ensure a safe and asbestos-free environment for your property. Ph: 0404 052 052

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