Jul 4, 2017 | Asbestos Watch Melbourne |
Asbestos is a naturally occurring material in the environment and is a collective name used to refer to various fibrous silicate compounds. The use of it began almost 4000 years ago, but the large-scale use of ACM only began in the late 19th century due to the industrial revolution and trends towards modern buildings. For many years, it was commonly used in residential and commercial properties that were built or renovated before 1986 in Australia. It was widely used because of its excellent mechanical properties that make fibre appealing for many construction agencies. It is fire and water- resistant, has a good tensile strength, as well as good affordability. It can commonly be found in roofing, fencing, cement sheeting, exterior and interior walls, paints, and insulations. Interesting Facts About Asbestos Removal The model WHS Regulations set out the training and competency requirements for asbestos assessors, asbestos removal workers and supervisors. Under the model WHS Regulations two licences have been established— Class A and Class B. Businesses with a Class A licence are permitted to remove all types of asbestos, including both friable and non-friable asbestos. Businesses with a Class B licence can only remove non-friable asbestos. Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/whs- information/licensing/asbestos-removal/pages/asbestos-removal Generally, the Victorian regulation permits an employer or self-employed person to perform an elimination in Melbourne without a license if: • The material is non-friable • The area of ACM to be removed does not exceed 10 square meters in total • But, only class-A licensed person can remove friable materials Source: https://www.asbestoswatchmelbourne.com.au/asbestos-removal- melbourne/ • Friable asbestos is material containing asbestos that when dry, is in powder form or may be crushed or pulverised into powder form by hand pressure. This material poses a higher risk of exposing people to airborne asbestos fibres. • Non-friable asbestos is all forms of asbestos other than friable asbestos and includes asbestos cement sheeting and other materials where asbestos fibres are bonded into a matrix. If non-friable asbestos is damaged or degraded it may become friable and will then pose a higher risk of fibre release. When Can I Remove Asbestos? Under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007, a self- employed person can conduct a limited amount of asbestos removal work without a licence if: • The asbestos-containing material is non-friable; and • The area of asbestos-containing material to be removed does not exceed 10 square metres in total; and • The total time asbestos removal work is performed in any period of seven days does not exceed one hour (this period is the cumulative total time the asbestos removal work is carried out by all employees over a period of seven days). Source: http://www.asbestos.vic.gov.au/builders-and-trades/asbestos- removalists/unlicensed-asbestos-removal
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