If you're planning on doing any work that will disturb asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), it's important to have the area tested by a qualified professional and to obtain an Asbestos Clearance Certificate (ACC) before starting work.
An ACC is a document that verifies that an area has been tested for asbestos and that all ACMs have been removed or properly encapsulated. The certificate is issued by a qualified asbestos professional after they have inspected the work area and taken samples of any materials that may contain asbestos. Irwin Asbestos are qualified and certified to issue ACC's in Brisbane and SE QLD.
If asbestos is found in the sample, the area must be properly cleaned or removed by a Brisbane qualified asbestos abatement contractor before work can begin. Once the work is completed, the asbestos professional will inspect the area again and issue a final Asbestos Clearance Certificate.
While it may seem like a hassle to get an ACC, it's a necessary step to protect yourself and your workers from the dangers of asbestos exposure. If you're planning on doing any work that could potentially disturb ACMs, be sure to get an ACC before starting the job.
Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and exposure to asbestos fibres can cause a variety of serious health problems, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Even short-term exposure can be dangerous, so it's important to take all necessary precautions if you suspect there may be asbestos in your work area.
For many years, a variety of building construction materials have included asbestos, a naturally occurring fibrous material. Asbestos use has been drastically reduced as a result of the health risks associated with it only recently coming to light. There is a good chance that any older house or structure you own contains asbestos in some capacity.