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The Hidden Asbestos Danger in Schools

Asbestos containing materials (ACMs) can be anywhere around you. You can find them in houses, hospitals, working spaces, and even schools! One area of concern for teachers and parents is the prevalence of ACM in Australian school buildings. School employees and students face significant health risks from lingering ACM in schools across Australia.

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As seen in 2010, builders in St. Joseph’s Catholic School found fibrous materials under an old concrete slab. The principal made a wise decision; he immediately called a professional contractor to remove all of the ACM there. He ensured that students weren’t at risk of fibre exposure.

The principal closed the primary school for a whole week until asbestos removal and testing processes were completely done. It took five days for the removalists to appropriately execute the jobs. Fortunately, there was no casualty in such event and the procedure was delivered properly.

It is important to make the right decision when it comes to fibrous materials.  These hazardous substances are often friable. They can easily go airborne and inhaled by people. These fibrous substances can cause severe lung illnesses such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. According to medical studies, even a single exposure to ACM can cause respiratory diseases or even death.

There is no safe level of being exposed to ACMs. – Australian Department of Health

The risk of exposure might be higher in these following conditions:

  • Break during classroom’s renovations
  • Wreck in a vandalism
  • Vulnerable by time
  • Airborne ACMs resurfaces in playgrounds or sandpits

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Make your properties and school buildings free from ACMs

The government encourages schools to perform ACM inspections to ensure the existence of fibres in school buildings. Fibrous products were extensively used in the past, before the 1980s, due to their fire resistant capacity. Therefore, most properties built before 1980 are contained in fibrous products.

Common locations for ACMs in school buildings

  • Old telecommunication pits
  • Splashbacks
  • Racks of bags
  • Walls ceilings
  • Vinyl flooring products
  • Cement sheeting
  • Bunsen burner
  • Drains
  • Pipes around trees

The only way to handle ACMs safely is to have it removed or tested by professional contractors. First, the school needs to identify whether fibrous materials are present there.

Keep in mind: To ensure everyone’s safety, contact a qualified assessor to perform fibre sampling and testing.

After an inspection, the school manager must immediately remove all existing fibrous products. While the asbestos removal and testing process are being conducted, all activities in the building must be stopped temporarily.

You don’t have to worry about the next process; professional contractors will take care the disposal process of hazardous waste. Illegal disposals can result in a penalty and criminal charges. The experts will also wrap and give labels to the harmful waste. They will ensure that all toxic waste will not leak out.

Get connected with asbestos experts

Through Asbestos Watch Mackay, you can get connected to professional contractors for your peace of mind. Our A-Class Licensed experts deliver reliable and reputable services including asbestos removal and testing, roof removal, fencing, management plans and other related services. They offer these services for various types of buildings including commercial and residential buildings.

Save your time with us! We are eager to help you get a trusted contractor to deal with your fibrous material problems. Get up to 3 free quotes from our experts today!

Asbestos Watch Mackay experts are here to give you solutions for your fibre-related problems. They provide a wide range of services, such as:

  1. Asbestos removal Mackay – Eliminate all kinds of friable and non-friable ACMs from your property.
  2. Asbestos testing Mackay – Perform a thorough ACM sampling and testing.
  3. Asbestos roof removal Mackay – Conduct a complete inspection, removal and replacement of old roofing materials.
  4. Asbestos management plan Mackay – Create a management control plan to reduce the risk of ACM exposure.
  5. Air monitoring – Perform an air monitoring before, during, and after the removal process.
  6. Demolition Survey – Deliver a brief report of the condition and type of ACMs in your building before a demolition project begins.
  7. Soil remediation – Investigate and remove contaminated soil at your premise.
  8. Emergency Repair – Perform emergency repairs after a natural disaster or an incident.

Be smart, be safe! Manage the risk with our members today.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Asbestos air monitoring is a procedure to help maintain and check the asbestos fibers in the air. You will need the air monitoring procedure before and after you remove the asbestos material in your property. By doing so, you ensure that the surrounding environment will not be contaminated by this carcinogenic substance.

The safest way to manage the asbestos product is by leaving it undisturbed. Do Not! : break, drill, hammer, cut, saw, damage or move any of your asbestos materials. Contact a professional removalist to come and check the material.

The first step you need to do is stopping the work immediately. Then, contact a licensed and professional contractor to do a risk assessment in your workplace. If needed, ask help from a licensed removalist to remove ACM safely.

If you are going to install a hole in a material that contains bonded asbestos (e.g. a chimney), the safest way to do so is by replacing the whole asbestos sheet with non-asbestos sheeting. Then, if you want to cut a hole, you can put it in your new sheeting.

You will need an asbestos survey to help you identifying and managing asbestos materials within your building. The result of the asbestos survey will tell you whether asbestos is present or not and what type of asbestos material is present. You will need a survey when you suspect that there is ACM in your building. An asbestos survey will help you to be certain about the presence of ACM in your building.

Asbestos Watch Mackay is an endorsement company for certified contractors that provide asbestos-related services. Our contractors are capable of handling all of your asbestos problems. Contact our contractors for a safe asbestos removal and testing.

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