Asbestos, lead and silica: avoid the dangers
Airsafe is one of NSW’s most respected hazardous materials consultancies. Whether you’re concerned about asbestos, lead, silica, or any construction material that threatens human health, we can help.
Our services are available throughout the Northern Rivers region. They include hazardous materials audits, clearance certificates, air quality monitoring during construction and demolition, asbestos registers and management plans, and NATA accredited asbestos testing, lead testing and silica testing.
For Northern Rivers and North Coast businesses, homeowners and builders, we have a trusted consultant in your area. From Tweed Heads to Coffs Harbour and everywhere in between, if you need someone on site ASAP to help you with an asbestos or hazardous materials issue, our experienced local consultant can get to you fast. He’s qualified to perform all on-site tasks including hazardous materials audits, air monitoring and clearance inspections. Any samples taken are sent for testing in our NATA-accredited laboratory, with a lightning-fast turnaround.
Asbestos and other hazardous materials in the Northern Rivers
Hazardous materials like asbestos, lead and silica are common all over NSW businesses and homes, including in the Northern Rivers.
Although no longer used in building materials, asbestos can still be found widely in older buildings in coastal towns like Byron Bay, Ballina and Coffs Harbour, and regional centres like Lismore and Grafton. Asbestos was used for a huge variety of things in older buildings, from fibro sheeting used for walls, to roofing tiles, to underlay beneath lino or carpet.
While ‘bonded’ asbestos is theoretically not a threat to health, it becomes dangerous as soon as it’s damaged, which can happen either through human intervention (for example, home renovations) or normal weathering.
Lead is another hazardous material that, while no longer used in new buildings, can still be present in dangerous concentrations in older homes and businesses. Especially if your home or business was built before 1980, it’s likely to contain traces of lead in paint, dust or soil.
Silica is a component of many building materials that can have a range of health impacts when it’s breathed in as dust, in the most serious cases leading to silicosis or cancer.
Asbestos and hazardous materials audits and air monitoring for Northern Rivers businesses
If you seach online for an asbestos or hazardous materials audit in the Northern Rivers, you may come across advertising for low-priced commercial audits. Unfortunately, these audits are often poor value in the long run. Airsafe is often called in to re-survey buildings when previous audits have been declared inadequate by council, SafeWork or unions.
What makes Airsafe different? Our Northern Rivers-based consultant is an asbestos and hazardous materials expert. He has the benefit of Airsafe’s 20 years of industry experience. Airsafe’s hazardous materials audit reports are regarded in the industry as rigorous and trustworthy.
Our Northern Rivers consultant sends all samples to Airsafe’s own NATA accredited laboratory for asbestos, lead and silica sample testing. We don’t cut corners by minimising the number of samples we test.
If asbestos or other hazardous materials are found on site, our local consultant can also conduct air quality monitoring during demolition or renovation to ensure the right mitigation procedures are being followed and your staff and the public are being kept safe from exposure to hazardous materials.
To arrange a hazardous materials audit for a commercial building in the Northern Rivers, call Airsafe on (02) 9555 9034.
Asbestos and hazardous materials services for Northern Rivers households
Airsafe also provides asbestos and hazardous materials surveys and clearance inspections for residential buildings in the Northern Rivers.
As a householder, your council may require a hazardous materials inspection before approving your renovation plans. Unfortunately, inspection reports from other firms are often knocked back by council because the inspector didn’t do a thorough enough job. To save possible headaches, take advantage of our Northern Rivers inspector’s many years of experience. Make sure your hazardous materials inspection is done right the first time.
Whether or not council requires an inspection, if you’re a sea-changer or tree-changer, or just a long term Northern Rivers resident planning a renovation, it’s a good idea to get a hazardous materials inspection done. Ripping things up, tearing things down, or even drilling holes can release asbestos fibres, lead or silica particles into the air with potentially devastating effects.
Book an asbestos or hazardous materials inspection for a residential building in the Northern Rivers are: call Airsafe on (02) 9555 9034.
Asbestos, lead and silica testing
If you think you may have found asbestos, or are concerned about lead or silica, it’s easy to get a sample tested by Airsafe. Our NATA accredited laboratory uses the latest scientific techniques to give you a reliable answer, fast.
Please contact us on (02) 9555 9034 to find out how to send a sample to our Sydney laboratory. You’ll have a result with 24 hours of us receiving it.