To work with asbestos in the Australian territory, one must acquire a license, as mandated by the government to ensure a broad knowledge in asbestos handling and to minimize health risks and other threats. Aspiring asbestos removalists should undergo training regarding safe asbestos handling and asbestos awareness. There are different types of asbestos removal licenses, including the class A asbestos removal license which is valid for five years!
Class A asbestos removal license is the license to remove any amount of friable asbestos. Friable asbestos are asbestos-containing materials (ACM) which can be easily reduced to powder by hand when dry. Oftentimes, a class A asbestos removal process is closely supervised by someone with at least three years of relevant experience and certification.
Friable asbestos products are likely to release airborne fibers when disturbed, which can cause greater health problems and higher risks. These are examples of friable ACM that may need a class A asbestos removal work:
- Low-density boards
- Pipe insulations
- Sprayed asbestos retardants
- Vinyl sheet (underlay or backing)
Generally speaking, there are different types of asbestos abatement in Australia. Asbestos abatement pertains to ways on how to decrease the hazards and risks that are associated with this deadly substance. These are some asbestos abatement methods which are emphasized in the code of practice:
- Removal – It involves the process of removing ACM while leaving the rest of the house or building intact. This can be a time – consuming and expensive process due to factors like a temporary shelter for affected individuals, rebuilding and safely transporting the removed asbestos to a council approved dumping site.
- Demolition – Demolition is one of the most practical and feasible solutions to asbestos problems in Australia to minimize or avoid substance exposure and other related diseases. This is such a lengthy process with a relatively high cost and complexities.
- Encasement – Also known as “spray applied enclosure” with a water-based spray that has elastomeric properties which are applied in amounts between 7 to 40 miles depending on the surface condition and other factors. Encasement has various similarities with encapsulation.
- Encapsulation – This process involves covering ACM with a protective coating to eradicate the need to dispose of the substance and prevent the release of asbestos. Encapsulation is also considered as a safe and cost-effective method of asbestos management.
- Enclosure – Enclosure typically involves the replacement of Gypsum board or plywood around ACM as protection against direct contact with asbestos made materials. However, it does not guarantee total safety as it is only seen as a short term remedy.
Moreover, let the asbestos specialist know your concern. Besides, it is always best to consult an expert for asbestos checks and safe asbestos removal. (No matter how large or small the ACM is) Are you looking for a class A asbestos removal expert? Do you have queries regarding the class 1 asbestos removal process? If so… call JC Asbestos Removal!