For most people the discovery of asbestos in their workplace can be a nerve-racking experience. Whether you find out by accident – if you are in the middle of building repairs or a roof replacement – or simply suspect that your commercial premises might contain asbestos, it is critical that you get the right advice and professional expertise to remove and dispose of the material safely.
If you own or manage a commercial building that was built or repaired after the 1940’s and before the late 1980s there is a good chance that it will contain asbestos materials such as sheeting. After the harmful side effects of working with asbestos were proven conclusively all products containing asbestos were banned in Australia in 2003, and it is now illegal to import, sell, store or install materials containing asbestos.
The Dangers Of Asbestos
Most people these days know that inhaling asbestos fibres can lead to a number of serious illnesses and conditions including mesothelioma, asbestosis (a type of pneumoconiosis) and malignant lung cancer.
The real danger of asbestos occurs when the fibres become airborne – through damage, weathering, deterioration or breaking up of the asbestos sheeting – and people unwittingly breathing the material into their lungs. This means that not only are the people who are involved in property maintenance, commercial roofing in Perth and the building industry at risk, it can also harm anyone who works at or regularly visits the premises. This is why it is critical that when asbestos is detected it is removed quickly and as safely as possible by licensed specialists.
Your Legal Obligations Relating To Asbestos
Apart from the serious health implications, it is also important to note that there are stringent laws relating to asbestos and its removal.
In Western Australia the Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1992 set out of the laws relating to the removal and disposal of asbestos (although this may be replaced by the new national Work Health And Safety Act 2011 which has yet to be adopted by the state). Essentially under existing legislation the owners and managers of commercial properties are legally responsible to maintain strict safety standards.
Under the Code of Practice for the Management and Control of Asbestos in Workplaces [NOHSC:2018 (2005)] a “person with control” can also be defined as the person charged with the responsibility for maintaining or repairing the property, the person who makes decisions about the activities on site and the employer at the premises. Among other obligations, they are responsible for investigating possible asbestos materials at the property, creating and implementing a plan for asbestos and its permanent safe removal from the site within a reasonable time frame.
The penalties for someone who is found not to have followed these procedures (or for someone who has allowed another person to break the law) include a conviction and hefty fines.
How We Can Help
As the leading specialist commercial roofing company in Perth, PRC Building Services offers the ultimate “one stop shop” for your asbestos removal needs in the workplace, including a professional inspection of the site, recommendations for the safest and quickest removal options, and the complete removal and disposal of the asbestos.
Our Unique Asbestos Removal System – The Vacteck Vacuum
PRC Building Services’ Vacteck Vacuum asbestos system is the most advanced on the market, and is the only removal method that has been found to remove up to 98% of asbestos dust. As the leading company offering commercial roofing in Perth, we are committed to providing the safest, most thorough asbestos cleaning service.
Our experienced licensed operators will ensure your asbestos removal is stress-free and efficient, leaving you to get on with business. Contact us today to find out how we can help you!