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Be Aware of Asbestos Walls
Millions of houses in Australia are still haunted by the existence of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). Older homeowners have to accept the fact that fibrous products were installed in every part of their houses.
Houses with Fibrous Products are:
- Older houses built before the mid-1980s – houses built in this span of year have a high possibility of being installed with materials containing hazardous fibres.
- Houses built in between the 1980s until the end of 1990s – houses constructed during these years are also likely to contain fibrous products.
For houses built after 1990, the chance of encountering fibrous materials within your home is small because all ACM-related products have been banned since 31st of December 2003. However, there is still a possibility that they could be installed in your home if the developers used ACM imported products such as the case with the Perth Children’s Hospital.
The Use of ACMs
There are two types of ACMs, friable and non-friable materials. Friable products have generally been used in industrial and commercial premises before the late 1800s for various uses, such as soundproofing, insulation and fireproofing. Friable products could also be found in houses built prior to 1990.
In the 1920s asbestos cement (AC) materials were first manufactured in Australia. They were generally used in residential building materials production since the mid-1940s until the end of 1980s.
Fibrous Products in Residential Property
- AIB ceiling tiles
- AIB partition wall
- AC water tank
- Loose fill insulation
- Patterned decorative coating
- AIB interior window panel
- AIB airing cupboard
- AIB bath panel
- Toilet seat and cistern
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Pipe lagging
- AC cement roof
- Roofing felt
- AC panels
- Gutters and AC downpipes
- AIB exterior window panel
ACM Walls in Houses and Homes
After the 1940s until 1980s, Australia manufactured many fibrous walls. The related walls were used due to their heat and moisture resistance and fireproofing qualities. The walls mostly found in:
- External cladding
Various Types of ACM for Walls
Generally, ACM walls can consist of all chrysotile, amosite, and crocidolite or white, brown and blue fibres. Based on the result of testing done in a NATA accredited laboratory, the type that mostly identified is the chrysotile type.
Regular forms of materials produce walls, including:
- AC sheet
- Garden partition fence
- ACM corrugated wall lining
- Cement or AIB spandrel panels
- Fibro homes
The Risk of Having Walls Containing Dangerous Fibres
The risk occurs when the wall is damaged and produces fibrous debris. It will cause the fibre to become airborne and inhaled by people, then later will create a severe health risk.
However, if the wall is painted or sealed, it will not pose any danger to our health because ACM wall is categorised as bonded or non-friable material, which means it cannot be damaged by hand pressure. The material is quite strong and stable when it is in good condition. The concern only happens during a removal or renovation project because the process will require a demolition of the material.
Tenant or Landlord…?
If you are a tenant renting an old property where the wall is in poor condition and has been aged, it could be installed with materials containing harmful fibre. You should ask a professional assessor to check for the possibility of the existence of any fibrous product within the property.
Important reminder! If you plan to rent a residential building, before you sign a rental agreement, you should ask for the information about any product containing dangerous fibres there. Having an awareness related to ACMs is really important for the sake of your safety.
If you are a Landlord…
Although you don’t have the obligation to do ACM removal, as a landlord you have the obligation to inform your tenant of any fibrous product found in the property. Being a landlord that is responsible for the management or control of your property, you must ensure that an ACM register is readily accessible for the people within the property.
The register is obtained after you did an inspection for fibrous materials beforehand and then after you did sampling and testing in a NATA accredited lab. A complete register should report this following information:
- The assumed detailed location of fibrous materials in the building
- Result of asbestos testing stated that no asbestos detected or NAD within the property
- When the identification was carried out
- Complete information of inaccessible areas, drawing or photographs to visibly show the location of ACMs
Somehow, if the register states that the fibrous material exists and is likely to pose a risk, a tenant has the right to legally urge the landlord to choose between doing asbestos removal or losing the rent.
Under the Federal OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations, a residential landlord is ordered to make his or her property safe from ACMs if he or she employs more than10 people or when he or she appoints independent contractors to do the repairs. In addition, OSHA regulations also stated that any building built before 1981 is assumed to have fibrous products in it.
Remove of Repair?
When the result of the repair shows that materials containing dangerous fibres are found in the property, the available options are to remove or repair. The solution has to be calculated based on the real situation of the building. If the damage could cause the fibres to become airborne, the best option is to remove the materials.
Repair is chosen for minor damage only. However, a minor damage, if it is not well taken care of immediately, will also cause a bigger problem. In the end, it can also cost you more, first for the repair and then removal due to the unsuccessful repair.
DIY is possible for either repairing or removing damaged fibrous products. However, knowing that you will be handling a hazardous substance, you need to have some knowledge regarding removal or repairment of hazardous substance to prevent yourself from being exposed to dangerous fibres. During the work, you are also required to equip yourself with safety kits, such as a P2 mask, gloves, eyewear, zip lock bags, and duct tapes.
Don’t Just Use Any Removalist!
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