The recent devastation caused by Cyclone Yasi in North Queensland has revealed a new asbestos crisis.
Australia’s infatuation with asbestos back in the 19th century has come back to haunt home-owners.
The deadly dust from the olden golden material, which has been known to cause malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, is now beginning to rear its ugly head.
Although the material can be left to lie if it doesn’t get disturbed, the recent weather has given it a shake up, which could prove to be just as devastating as the cyclone itself.
Asbestos used for roofing back in the 50’s and 60’s has been identified as the most hazardous due to it’s subjection to for a long time conditions, however, any structure built before 1993 will most likely contain asbestos and it should be treated with the same care.
Some helpful asbestos tips:-
-Asbestos fibro sheeting was often used in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry and already in concrete paths.
-Identifying asbestos can be difficult, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Usually, asbestos is shiny on one side and dimpled on the underside with viewable fiberglass splinters.
-If there is suspicion of asbestos, it is important to get a second opinion from an occupational hygienist or environmental scientist.
-When removing asbestos, licensed asbestos specialists are the best option. Although they are a little more expensive, they have superior training to other regular rubbish removal companies, and will ensure the job is done to regulation standards.
-It is recommended to seek specialized assistance when removing asbestos; however, if there is only a small amount, it can be removed personally. If doing so, ensure the affected materials are placed in sealed black plastic and seek the advice of your local council about disposal.
-If the asbestos material crumbles, do not use a vacuum cleaner; instead use a damp cloth to wipe up any dust. Also ensure the right safety equipment is worn, including a confront disguise and gloves.
-When discovering or disposing asbestos, keep in mind the people around you. Asbestos dust spreads easily, so don’t be irresponsible as it will affect not only your self but the people in close proximately.