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Asbestos Watch Sydney is home for professional contractors who deliver high-quality fibre removal, testing, roof removal, and management plan services. Contacting a qualified contractor through us includes an easy and straightforward process. If you want to seek more information about the fibrous material in the greater Sydney region, click on Show the rest of this articles below. Otherwise, you can straightly see the services offered by our approved members.

Parts of NSW are now dealing with the potentially deadly legacy of loose-fill asbestos insulation in the 1960s supplied by a Canberra-based company that became known as “Mr Fluffy”.

Loose-fill insulation is made from raw crocidolite and amosite fibre that has been compressed into a fine state. It was marketed by Mr Fluffy as “the perfect thermal insulating material” and installed as ceiling insulation around the ACT and NSW.

91 NSW homes have tested positive across 28 local government areas, including North Sydney, Warringah, Hills Shire, Hornsby, and Ku-ring-gai. At least, two men who lived in contaminated houses have been diagnosed with cancers caused by the fibre exposure. In June 2005, the government announced a voluntary purchase and demolition program for all NSW property owners with loose-fill insulation. As a follow-up, NSW Innovation and Better regulation Minister announced a state awareness campaign to remind affected property owners about their rights.

Homeowners that receive fibre-positive result, have two options:

  • First option: The first is too see whether the state government wanted to purchase the premises and land at market value or not, as if it were free from fibrous materials.  The state government, which has budgeted around $280 million for the buybacks, would then demolish the property and remediate the land before selling it.
  • Second option: The second option is appropriate for the owner of rural properties that has land more than two hectares. The government would purchase the property only, while the owner retained ownership of the land. Again, the property would be valued as if it were free from fibre. The government would demolish the property and remediate the land, after which the landlord could rebuild.

What is actually loose-fill fibrous material insulation (LFAI)?

LFAI is made from raw fibre that has been crushed into a fine state and commonly installed in roof as ceiling insulation. If disturbed or damaged, fibre can move from the ceiling to other areas such as walls and floors. The fibre can also become airborne and inhaled which may cause health risks (source: www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au).

Loose-fill insulation was widely used between the 1960s and 1970s due to its desirable mechanical properties. The demand was higher during that period due to an increasing trend towards modern buildings. This product was installed in many residential buildings and may still be found in houses built before 1980.

Friable LFAI products contain deadly substance in a fibrous and dusty form, which makes them easier to release airborne fibres to the surrounding environment. Products that contain LFAI are usually dangerous and should only be handled by a licensed and professional contractor.

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The mere presence of LFAI generally does not possess a health risk for the building occupants. However, if they are being disturbed or damaged, fibres can be released and become airborne within the environment. When airborne fibres are inhaled, it can lodge for years in the airways, stomach or lungs and leads to the development of cancers. The risk will increase depends on the amount of fibres inhaled and the duration of exposure.

You should always take precautions when you suspected LFAI within your property. It can be found in every corner and every area of your house and workplace within the NSW territory. They are most commonly can be found in:

  • Roofing insulation
  • Soundproofing and spray-on insulation
  • Insulation on stoves
  • Hot-water pipes
  • Walls
  • Basements
  • Boilers
  • Furnaces

Asbestos removal Sydney project and the average cost

There are mainly two steps that you have to do when suspecting LFAI at your premises. First, test the material via a NATA accredited laboratory to confirm its’ presence. If its’ presence is confirmed, then you have to contact a licensed removalist to remove it. The overall cost to remove ACM from your property can be very high, depending on the area and the difficulties of the job to be performed. The average cost to remove ACM per square meter in Sydney is around $50-$75. When hiring a contractor, you should expect to spend between $1,500 and $2500. A complete removal of an area in your house or workplace, such as roof or wall, can be as high as $25,000.

Why you need a professional and competent contractor for your removal project

Fibrous material is not the problem of the past: it is indeed still a big problem in Australia, including Sydney NSW. In fact, ACM is still present in two-thirds of houses in Australia. A building built or renovated before the mid-1980s will be likely to contain this harmful material. There are still serious cases of fibres exposure that are found in many houses or commercial properties today.

Aggressive diseases such as lung cancers and mesothelioma were caused by a prolong exposure to airborne fibres. It was reported in 2011 that mesothelioma causes 606 annual numbers of deaths. Moreover, Asbestosis was the underlying cause of 125 deaths in Australia by 2011 – (http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/).

asbestos watch Sydney - Number of deaths from 1997-2011 caused by asbestosis

Figure 1. Number of deaths from 1997-2011 caused by asbestosis (Source: ABS causes of death data)

Nonetheless, do not panic when you suspected LFAI in your house or workplace! As long as it is in good condition and left undisturbed, you are safe. The potential risk from fibrous increases when LFAI is disturbed or damaged, either by natural causes or human interference. When damaged, LFAI can release fibre into the air, thus become airborne.

Nowadays, the main source of fibre exposure is old buildings undergoing a renovation or refurbishment. When you are planning to do a renovation or refurbishment, always assess whether LFAI is present within your premises or not. It is important to engage a professional contractor to do such an assessment. Moreover, only a licensed contractor that has sufficient training and certification can remove friable LFAI safely and efficiently!

Doing a DIY removal project is dangerous: Not only for you but also your family and employees. Safe work NSW recommends you to contact a professional contractor when you found a doubtful material in your house or workplace.

Contact Us! As an endorsement company for competent contractors, when you suspected LFAI within your premises. Our approved contractors have thoroughly screened to ascertain their ability in delivering satisfactory results for ACM-related projects. They can handle all of your problems caused by LFAI within the Greater Sydney region- prompt and safely!

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Our approved contractors offer services that are customized to meet the expectations and needs of each client. They will come in and determine the existence and severity of the LFAI in your property. Once it is done, only then will they determine what measures will need to be taken to remove it. Our approved members strive to deliver services with the highest-quality to meet your expectations, at competitive prices. Our endorsed contractors can provide a broad range of services as follows:

  • Asbestos removal – starting from removing ACM, transportation, and disposal of ACM to a legal facility. They can remove fibrous materials such as cement sheeting and fencing, from various areas at your premises.
  • Asbestos testing – Performing a safe sampling and send the sample to a laboratory before an removal procedure
  • Roof removal – Roof inspection and replacement in accordance with national and local regulations
  • Management plan – Risk assessment in a workplace to identify if fibrous material removal is necessary or not
  • Air monitoring – During or after an removal process, upon your request
  • Consultant – Consultancy services for all needs, including conducting a survey and management plan Sydney
  • Soil remediation – Pre-inspection of contaminated soil at your premises
  • Demolition survey – Creating a demolition and control plan before a refurbishment or renovation
  • Emergency repair – Emergency services upon an incident, including cleanup, such as bushfire or storm

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If you assume that you have loose-fill fibrous insulation in your building, get in touch with us today!  We are established as an endorsement company for contractors in the greater Sydney region. We offer you professional contractors, to overcome problems in residential, commercial, and government settings around the greater NSW region. Our approved contractors strive to deliver the best services to identify and perform fibre removal in Sydney region at your premises, completely and safely in the fastest way. All you have to do is contacting one or more of contractors through us with a clear description of the problem. Their team of professionals will assess the condition and perform the job; prompt and quickly.

Our endorsed members offer a wide range of services including removal, testing, roof removal, management plan, consultant, soil remediation, air monitoring, demolition and emergency repairs. When it comes to detecting and safely removing fibrous materials, it is best to contact a professional contractor through Asbestos Watch Sydney. All of our approved contractors are committed to ensuring your health and safety. We aim to bring you the best experience in finding the right contractor: Fast and Easy!

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

ACM-related diseases are such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and malignant mesothelioma developed by inhalation of ACM fibers.

Those conditions can take up to 20 years to develope and be diagnosed after the first exposure.

The fibrous material may be lying in your house without you realize. It's because the fiber material is a tiny substance you could not easily identify with your naked eyes.

Therefore, to completely confident about asbestos whereabout in your house, better use a professional to check and identify the material in your house.

If your house was built or constructed before the mid-1980s, fibrous materials were commonly used.

Be careful! It is safer to contact an asbestos removalist to check whether your roof contains dangerous material or not.

The average cost of the procedures will depend on some details. For example, the size of the material and barriers at the work area.

The medium of average cost is about $50 psqm, if you need an exact estimation for your ACM, contact a professional contractor in your area.

You definitely will find qualified and reliable removal contractors from us. We endorse competent and trustworthy removalists within the greater Sydney region.

Our endorsed contractors deliver all works in the safest manner in compliance with the How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace Code of Practice 2011 and How to Safely Remove Asbestos Code of Practice 2011 guidelines.

The personal protective equipment you need to where is a class P1 or P2 disposable respirator mask and disposable overall clothes. The PPE is required to prevent yourself from the deadly fibre exposure

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