What is Asbestos?
As explained in the short film at below created by Worksafe Queensland, Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral containing strong fibres that have excellent durability, fire resistance and insulating properties. Asbestos is a known carcinogen (can cause cancer) but can only pose a health risk if fibres, small enough to be breathed into our lungs, become airborne and are inhaled.
Unless the exterior is damaged or in poor condition, Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) is not generally a problem. However, when the building needs to be demolished, special care by licensed Asbestos Removalists is a necessity. In our experience, eight out of ten demolition projects involve Asbestos Removal.
We are licensed professionals specialising in the safe removal and disposal (DERM registered) of ACM. We hold an “A Class” Asbestos Removal Licence, the highest licence grade granted by the Queensland Government.
Where is Asbestos found?
As a general rule, if your house was built:
After 1995 it is highly unlikely it would contain building materials that contain asbestos.
Between the mid 1980s and 1995 it is likely that it would contain building materials that contain asbestos.
Before the mid 1980s it is more than likely that it would contain building materials that contain asbestos.
Asbestos is usually found in:
Cladding (internal and external fibro sheeting)
“Super 6” fencing (corrugated sheeting)
“Super 6” corrugated roofing material
Electrical board backings (Zelimite)
Asbestos backed vinyl sheet flooring
Imitation brick cladding
Vent (stink) pipes
Terazzo type vinyl sheet flooring
Many, many more applications…
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAMPER WITH OR REMOVE ASBESTOS YOURSELF. EITHER CALL A LICENSED ASBESTOS REMOVAL SPECIALIST FIRM, OR IF AS PART OF A DEMOLITION PROJECT THEN CALL ALLCOAST GROUP ON 07 5476 2211.
Asbestos is not the only hazard Allcoast Group has dealt with in our long history of demolition in Queensland. Other physical and chemical contaminants including fuels and sewage can pose a hazard during demolition. Be sure to read through our HANDY Pre-demolition Checklist to avoid common pitfalls and hazards.
We regularly encounter wildlife that has made its home in constructions we demolish (as seen in this image of one of our team releasing a carpet python below). That is why our hand demolish roof down method is safest for humans and our wildlife friends.