What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a group of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals composed of thin, needle-like fibres and can typically be found in rock, sediment or soil. It has strong fibres that are heat resistant and have good insulating properties.

Asbestos becomes a health risk when its fibres are released into the air and breathed in. Breathing in asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

A total ban on asbestos came into effect in Australia on 31 December 2003. It is illegal to make it, use it or import it from another country.

How do I know if a material in my house contains asbestos?

You can’t tell if a building material contains asbestos just by looking at it. Careful examination of a sample using specialised microscopic procedures can be completed at a NATA accredited laboratory to confirm whether a material contains asbestos.

Generally, if your home was built before 1990, it is likely to contain some asbestos materials. A knowledge of building products that contained asbestos can help to assume asbestos is present Asbestos was used in more than 3000 products and applications and it is estimated to be in one in three homes across Australia and over half the houses on the Redcliffe Peninsula.

Where would I find asbestos in my home or property?

Depending on the year your property was built asbestos can be commonly located in any of the following locations:

  • Roofing
  • Guttering
  • Soffits
  • Sewer and stormwater pipes
  • Insulation
  • Wall and ceiling sheeting
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Wet areas of the home (such as bathrooms)

Who can remove asbestos?

Workers must not handle asbestos unless they have been trained and hold a licence that is current and appropriate for the type of work being done.

What are the licensing requirements?

All Asbestos removal businesses (such as ours) must have at minimum, a Class B (non-friable) asbestos removal licence issued by Work Health and Safety Queensland (or applicable state regulator).

Do you provide free quotes?

We provide obligation free quotes, which can include a site visit and or provision of photographs / plans.

Do you provide discounts?

Yes, we provide a 25% discount for any removal work on the basis that you have sought our services for our asbestos testing services.

Are you able to train me in Asbestos removal?

We have a third-party arrangement with a registered training organisation thus we can offer such training, but we are unable to directly advertise for such services. If you are seeking one of our qualified trainers to provide training in Remove friable asbestos, Remove non-friable asbestos, and or Supervise asbestos removal; please register such interest via this link – https://aittraining.com.au/

We also provide non-accredited Asbestos Awareness training; such training provides compliance for those who manage, or are in control of, a workplace, and have the responsibility to protect anyone that works with asbestos. Please contact us here and we will provide a quote for such training.

What is an Asbestos Register, and do I need one?

If you manage or control a workplace, it’s your responsibility to ensure an asbestos register is prepared, maintained and kept at the workplace. An asbestos register is a document that lists all identified—or assumed—asbestos in a workplace. An asbestos register is not required for a workplace if:

  • it was a building constructed after 31 December 2003
  • no asbestos has been identified in the workplace
  • no asbestos is likely to be present at the workplace from time-to-time.