For over one hundred years, asbestos was widely used for many commercial applications, including construction materials, such as bricks and pipes, and fire-proof insulation. Over time, these materials can be damaged and crumble or flake into countless extremely tiny particles, which became airborne. The suspended airborne particles can be an extremely hazardous respiratory health issue. Commercial asbestos removal specialists in New South Wales can extract these hazardous materials from your buildings, structures, and property to reduce respiratory health risks for your employees and customers.
Commercial properties that contain asbestos building materials pose a health risk to the employees and potentially customers, if they enter the facility.
Many people exposed to asbestos over a long period of time develop asbestos-related lung diseases. The lung diseases can be benign to lethal, depending upon the amount and duration of asbestos exposure.
There are four lung diseases associated with asbestos exposure:
• Benign pleural lung disease
• Lung cancer
Not everyone who is exposed to asbestos develops one of these respiratory diseases. However, there is no “safe” level of asbestos exposure. Asbestos must always be considered an extremely hazardous health risk.
Although there is no “safe” level of asbestos exposure, the Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) standards recommend airborne asbestos particles should be at a detectable level of less than 0.1 asbestos particles per 1 milliliter (cubic centimeter, cc) of air (1 asbestos particle per 10 cc of air).
Airborne particles are solids suspended in the air. Airborne asbestos particles are approximately 0.7 – 90 microns in size (0.0007 – 0.09 mm). For comparison, airborne talcum powder dust particles are about 0.5 – 50 microns (0.0005 – 0.05 mm) in size.
An Occupational Hygienist or other asbestos testing specialist in New South Wales can perform the necessary procedures to determine the amount of airborne asbestos particles in the workplace.
It is highly recommended that an asbestos testing specialist conduct an examination of your buildings and properties to determine the presence and amount of asbestos. Building materials and air samples can determine the severity of the asbestos contamination.
Asbestos is a natural mineral, which means that it can also be present on new construction sites. Asbestos testing specialists can examine and test the site to determine if soil remediation is necessary.
Commercial asbestos removal specialists will provide you with a remediation plan and an asbestos removal cost estimate. The assurance of your employees’ health and safety greatly exceeds the asbestos removal costs. They will appreciate your concern for their health, welfare, and overall well-being.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or illness. Anyone who has health-related concerns and questions should seek advice from a fully licensed health or medical professional as soon as possible.