Asbestos Removal

All demolition projects that involve asbestos removal must be managed by a qualified and licensed professional and disposed of legally at an asbestos registered waste facility. At Green Core Demolition and Excavation, we ensure all asbestos removal work is within the strict guidelines set out by Safe Work NSW and Australian law. We are fully licensed in asbestos removal and exercise all measures to ensure the work is done safely and correctly. We lodge all necessary asbestos permits and notifications with Safe Work NSW to ensure the removal and disposal is carried out within all Australian laws and regulations.

What is ACM

Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) or Asbestos as it’s more commonly known are a group of hazardous mineral-containing fibres found in materials used to build homes before 1980, however, it wasn’t until 31 December 2003, asbestos was made illegal in Australia to be used or manufactured in any building materials.

When removing or remediating ACM, is important to know if you’re dealing with friable or nonfriable asbestos. If you’re unsure if a product has asbestos in it, assume it does, and contact us to arrange a sample to be taken and tested.

Where can it be found?

Residential:

Commercial/Industrial:

When removing or remediating ACM, is important to know if you’re dealing with friable or nonfriable asbestos. If you’re unsure if a product has asbestos in it, assume it does, and contact us to arrange a sample to be taken and tested.

Friable & Non-Friable

Although there are many different types of asbestos, there are two forms which determine how to safely remove the hazardous material - Friable and Non-Friable asbestos.

Friable Asbestos

Friable asbestos also know as Type A refers to any asbestos that has airborne fibres (dust like) of which can be inhaled or ingested. Friable asbestos is extremely hazardous to health and needs to be dealt with by licensed professionals.

Some examples of friable asbestos products that may also be found in houses, including (but not limited to):

  • asbestos-rope door gaskets in wood stoves
  • loose fill roofing insulation (not common)
  • spray-on insulation or soundproofing
  • low-density asbestos fibre board
  • insulation on hot-water pipes, domestic heaters and stoves (e.g. lagging)
  • backing material on floor tiles and vinyl flooring
  • carpet underlay (not common)
  • textured paints, decorative ceiling coatings
  • heat-resistant fabrics
  • brick and plaster sealants, fillers and some adhesive products
  • hail or fire damaged, or badly weathered asbestos cement materials

Non-Friable Asbestos or Bonded Asbestos

Non-Friable asbestos, more commonly known as bonded asbestos or Type B are products that make up the vast majority of ACM products used in houses.

Bonded asbestos cement materials, include (but not limited to):

  • roofing
  • shingles and siding
  • exterior and interior wall cladding
  • eaves
  • fencing
  • thermal boards around fireplaces
  • water or flue pipes
  • electricity and Gas metre boxes

It’s important to know that once bonded ACM products have been disturbed (broken, sanded, drilled, cut etc), it is more than likely to become airborne, and therefore becomes friable asbestos.

Green Core Demolition and Excavation have licensed and highly-trained professionals to safely remove and dispose of all asbestos from your property including remediation of contaminated soil.

We follow the strict Australian guidelines and laws around the removal of ACM to keep our community safe and use certified personal protective equipment (PPE).

Asbestos is an extremely hazardous and a major health risk, and can lead to breathing difficulties, lung cancer and other life-threatening illness. It’s important that any ACM is to be managed by a qualified and licensed professional.

If you’re unsure if a product has asbestos in it, assume it does, and contact us to arrange a sample to be taken and tested.