It would be difficult to overstate the risks to your health associated with asbestos exposure. Asbestos has left a legacy of chronic, often incurable disease across the entire supply chain, from its source in the mines, to the schools, homes, factories and shops where it has been used in building materials and appliances.
Diseases associated with asbestos exposure are debilitating, progressive and often result in death, such as:
The symptoms of these diseases may not appear for many years after initial exposure, sometimes presenting only in the final stages of the disease.
There is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres. The risk of disease is minimised only if occupational and public health regulations relating to the handling of asbestos are fully observed.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral rock made up of strong fibrous crystals. From the early 1940s to the late 1980s asbestos was exploited commercially for its desirable fire-, heat- and chemical-resistant properties, finding its way in many residential and commercial building products. These products are known as asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and under NSW Legislation are classed as either friable or bonded:
As a class B licence holder, Siteclean is accredited for the removal of bonded asbestos only.
If your building was built or renovated earlier than 1982, or if materials from the list below are still present from that era, then there is a very high risk that they are contaminated with asbestos:
The safe handling and removal of asbestos is controlled by state legislation, using practices designed to minimise the risks to you, your colleagues and your families.
If you believe or suspect that there is a risk of asbestos-containing material at your site then seek professional advice. Our experienced, approachable team is always on hand to answer your questions, and guide you through your obligations.
For a personal obligation-free quote for asbestos removal services in Sydney, call David on 0416 093 588 or fill out our simple online form today.
Legislation and Codes of Practice references:
You can obtain further advice concerning the health risks of asbestos from:
Legislation & Codes Of Practice References: National Occupational Health And Safety Commission – (NOHSC: 2002(2005) Code of practice for the removal of Asbestos.
National Occupational Health And Safety Commission – (NOHSC: 2018 (2005)) Code of practice for the management and control of asbestos in workplaces.
Occupational Health & Safety Act 2000 safe working conditions.
Occupational Health & Safety Regulation 2001 Exposure standards, licensing and permits
General information on asbestos can be obtained from the NSW Government’s website.
NSW Workers’ Compensation Dust Diseases Board – (02) 8223 6600 or
Toll Free on 1800 550 027
Dust Diseases Board also operates the Occupational Respiratory Screening Service and the Mobile Respiratory Screening Service (Lung Bus) Tel: 1800 727 333
Licences contractors who remove asbestos.
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|Metropolitan Areas||Location||Number||Rural Areas||Location||Number|
|Northern Sydney/Central Coast||Hornsby||02 9477 9400||Greater Southern||Goulburn||02 4824 1837|
|Gosford||02 4349 4845||Albury||02 6080 8900|
|South Eastern Sydney/Illawarra||Randwick||02 9382 8333||Greater Western||Broken Hill||08 8080 1499|
|Wollongong||02 4221 6700||Dubbo||02 6841 5569|
|Sydney South West||Camperdown||02 9515 9420||Bathurst||02 6339 5601|
|Sydney West||Penrith||02 4734 2022||Hunter/New England||Newcastle||02 4924 6477|
|Parramatta||02 9840 3603||Tamworth||02 6767 8630|
|Justice Health Service||Matraville||02 9311 2707||North Coast||Port Macquarie||02 6588 2750|
|Lismore||02 6620 7500|