Asbestos was first used in Australia in the 1920s. As a material that adds strength without significantly increasing weight, it proved popular among builders. Between the 1940s and the 1980s, it was used throughout commercial and residential buildings. By the late 1980s, it was phased out in favour of other materials. Because of its prevalent use, asbestos assessments are still used throughout Australia to keep people safe. If you’re unsure as to whether using one is right for you, it’s time to learn about why they’re essential.
Depending on the age of your building, you may believe that it’s free from asbestos. Unfortunately, there’s no definitive way to identify the material unless you undergo an assessment.
Between 2013 and 2017, ASEA established a national voluntary register for workers to record potential asbestos exposure. In that four-year period, just under 6,000 people registered their suspected exposure. Although those numbers aren’t definitive, they do give an insight into the gravity of the problem. As the vulnerability isn’t confirmed, the correct number may be higher.
Asbestos assessments in Australia are accurate and use the latest technologies. If you receive an all-clear from one, you know your building is safe. Or if it fails, you can address the risk.
Even Modern Buildings are at Risk
You’d be forgiven for thinking that if your building was built in the 1990s onwards, it doesn’t carry an asbestos risk. Sadly, that isn’t always true.
If a building that previously stood on your property’s site contained asbestos, it might still be present in the debris or ground at the site. As a result, there’s a chance it’s carried through to your current property too. Although the risk is small, the consequences of exposure are severe enough to warrant ordering an asbestos assessment.
Asbestos Exposure has Worrying Consequences.
Asbestos fibres are small and difficult to detect with the naked eye. When you breathe them in, and they carry through to the lower portion of your lungs, they can cause an asbestos-related disease. For example:
A condition that involves scarring of the lungs, resulting in a loss of elasticity. When this happens, breathing becomes difficult. Secondary effects of asbestosis include heart enlargement due to resistance when breathing.
• Pleural Plaques:
Your lungs depend on a fluidly moving pleura for you to breathe. When plaques form following asbestos exposure, this is no longer possible.
• Asbestos-Related Malignancies:
Asbestos is associated with various forms of cancer, including malignant mesothelioma. Unfortunately, the prognosis is often poor.
In Australia, there are around 700 deaths per year due to mesothelioma. A further 4,000 people per year suffer other adverse effects of exposure. Asbestos assessments in Australia aim to reduce such statistics. By ordering one, you keep yourself and those who use your building safe.
At Assess Control Assure, we provide a selection of risk assessment services throughout major cities such as Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and other locales. In addition to carrying out asbestos assessments, we offer removal services. To take the first step towards making your building safer, call (03) 9416 0774.