Asbestos Identification Inspections are used to determine the presence of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) as Asbestos fibres are hazardous to humans and animals.
Many building products produced up to 1985 are ACMs with common examples being wall cladding (fibro), roof sheeting (super 6), gutters and downpipes, fencing, ceiling tiles, lino floor tiles, insulation, some concrete slabs, some adhesives and bakelite.
In Australia, 1 January 2004 was the date it became illegal to sell products containing ACM’s. The Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (WHS) requires any building built up to 31 December 2003 to be inspected for ACM’s.
Our Building Consultants are trained and accredited to undertake inspections and materials analysis is carried out in NATA accredited laboratories.
The inspector is likely to take samples for analysis of products likely to contain asbestos or where the presence of asbestos may be ‘presumed’.
Once the samples have been tested, an Asbestos Register is then compiled about the analysed materials. This Register must be clearly displayed on the property to provide a clear warning to occupants, visitors, and tradesmen where asbestos is located.
A written Report is made available within 5-10 working days because of the time required to test samples.
Many ACMs are bonded or encapsulated and are not hazardous in this state.
The problems occur when these ACM containing items are demolished, drilled, cut, moved and the like.
Accordingly, it is common for building approval authorities to ask for Asbestos Identification as part of the DA approvals process.
Workplace safety legislation also obliges building owners to ensure safety and in some instances this will include identifying and dealing with ACMs.