Experts in hazardous remediation
Murphy’s is licensed for, and experienced in, the removal of a wide range of hazardous materials including:
- asbestos – both bonded and friable
- lead paint, and
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB).
We call on certified consultants to test for hazardous materials at the beginning of every project. All test samples are examined by NATA certified laboratories, and our consultant then puts together a hazardous material report for your site. This testing, and process, is in line with WHS Regulations and the Australian Standard for Demolition.
Testing up front means that in most cases we know the location and nature of any hazardous materials before we start work.
Safe asbestos removal
Whether you need bonded (non-friable) asbestos or friable asbestos removed, you should call on an expert.
Murphy’s is licensed to remove all asbestos, including asbestos contaminated soil.
Asbestos removal is controlled under the WHS Regulation 2011 and the How to Safely Remove Asbestos Code of Practice. The license system and strict regulations are necessary to ensure the safety of workers and the public.
Murphy’s has a broad range of experience in working with and removing this high-risk material. You can take a look at some of our past projects here.
What is friable asbestos?
Asbestos is considered friable when it, or the materials it is in, are in a powdered form, or can be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to a powder by hand pressure when dry. Friable asbestos can become airborne if not handled correctly.
How Murphy’s safely remove friable asbestos
Murphy’s is licensed to remove friable asbestos. You can verify our qualifications here. You can also take a look at some of our past projects here.
Our experienced team uses strict high-level control measures when removing asbestos.
- The entire work area is enclosed in a temporary bubble structure made from plastic sheeting.
- Negative air pressure units are used to stop asbestos fibres escaping the site.
- Our staff wear disposable coveralls, face covering respirators and gloves.
- The air is monitored before, during and after the asbestos is removed.
- An independent licensed asbestos assessor inspects the site to confirm the area is clear of asbestos before the enclosure is taken down.
Murphy’s past work with friable asbestos includes removing:
- pipe lagging
- compromised asbestos cement products in extremely poor condition
- ceiling insulation, and
- large quantities of asbestos filled dust and debris.
What is bonded or non-friable asbestos?
When asbestos is held in a cement matrix it’s referred to as bonded or non-friable.
If the material is in good condition, there’s less chance dangerous fibres or dust will be released into the environment. However, extreme care is still needed when removing bonded asbestos.
How Murphy’s safely removes bonded or non-friable asbestos
Murphy’s is licensed to remove bonded asbestos. You can verify our qualifications here. You can also take a look at some of our past projects here.
Our experienced teams use strict control measures when handling and removing this hazardous material.
- The asbestos material is wet down with PVA glue to stop fibres becoming airborne.
- The material is then wrapped in plastic and transported for disposal at a licensed tip.
- Our staff wear disposable coveralls, half-face masks and gloves.
- Air monitoring is carried out before, during and after the removal process.
- An independent asbestos assessor confirms the removal area is clear of asbestos materials before issuing a clearance certificate.
Murphy’s past work with bonded or non-friable asbestos includes removing:
- asbestos cement roof sheeting, for example Super Six
- asbestos cement external wall cladding sheets
- interior asbestos cement fibre sheets, and
- bitumen roof and floor coverings.
Asbestos contaminated soil
Murphy’s also removes asbestos contaminated soil.
In some cases, this soil removal is a planned part of a project, but can result from the discovery of contamination during the course of other work.
As licensed asbestos removalists, Murphy’s always applies the highest level of safety controls.
Lead paint removal
Before 1970, lead paint was widely used on buildings and other structures.
Murphy’s is experienced in the safe removal and disposal of lead containing paint.
Our teams use coveralls, dust masks and gloves and dispose of the waste at an appropriate facility.
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) removal
Murphy’s remove and dispose of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) as part of our service.
These substances are often found in light capacitors and electrical equipment. To remove PCBs safely, our staff wear chemically impervious personal protection equipment and dispose of the substance in leak proof containers which are then taken to an approved facility.
Want to know more?
Call Murphy’s today to find out more about removing hazardous materials from your site. Our friendly team is happy to talk to you about your options and to help you find the best way forward.
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