Airsafe is Sydney’s most respected asbestos consultancy. We offer NATA accredited asbestos testing and inspection services to businesses and residents throughout Western Sydney. We have longstanding working relationships with the area’s best asbestos removal contractors, and can recommend someone who won’t cut corners.
Asbestos in Sydney West
Sydney’s West, as we now know it, is largely a product of the post-World War II housing boom. As car ownership increased, low- and middle-income families increasingly moved out of the inner cities and into new suburbs built around what had previously been country towns and farmland.
Unfortunately, the postwar boom was also the high point in the use of asbestos as a building material. With its fire retardant and insulating properties, asbestos was used virtually everywhere in new Western Sydney houses, from fibro walls and roofs to electrical meter boards, pipes and vinyl flooring.
The suburb of Camellia near Parramatta in Sydney’s West was also the site of an asbestos manufacturing plant, notorious as the workplace of Bernie Banton, symbol of the fight for the rights of victims of asbestos-related disease.
Greater Western Sydney is now a vast area covering 14 different local government areas. But wherever you are in Sydney, from Bankstown to Campbelltown, Paramatta to Penrith, Auburn to Blacktown, there’s a very good chance that your home contains asbestos.
So before you start any demolition, renovation or redevelopment work, you should contact Airsafe for an asbestos survey. Your council may require this as part of a development application, and it’s required under the Work, Health and Safety Regulations 2011 for any workplace or residential unit building built before December 1, 2003.
Asbestos surveys for commercial properties in Sydney West
If you do a Google search for asbestos surveys in Western Sydney, you may come across advertising for low-priced commercial asbestos surveys. Unfortunately, these surveys are often poor value in the long run. Airsafe is often called in to re-survey buildings when previous surveys have been declared inadequate by council, SafeWork or unions.
What makes Airsafe different? First, our inspectors are asbestos experts. We’ve been in the industry for over 20 years, and all our staff really know asbestos. Airsafe’s asbestos and hazardous material survey reports are regarded in the industry as rigorous and trustworthy.
Second, Airsafe has its own NATA accredited laboratory for asbestos testing. We don’t cut corners by minimising the number of samples we test.
Get a quick quote for an asbestos survey for a commercial building in Sydney West.
Asbestos inspections for households in Sydney West
Airsafe also provides asbestos inspections for residential buildings in Sydney’s West.
As a householder, your council may require an asbestos inspection before approving your renovation plans. Unfortunately, Airsafe often sees asbestos inspection reports from other firms knocked back by council because the inspector didn’t do a thorough enough job. To save possible headaches, take advantage of Airsafe’s many years of experience. Make sure your asbestos inspection is done right the first time.
What if council doesn’t ask for an asbestos inspection? If you’re planning any kind of renovation that involves ripping things up, tearing things down, or even drilling holes, we’d strongly encourage you to get an asbestos inspection done, if only for your own peace of mind. There are fears of a new wave of asbestos victims among home renovators. Don’t let yourself or a family member become a statistic.
Asbestos testing – Sydney West
If you think you may have found asbestos, 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.
Note: We realise it may be difficult to transport a sample from Sydney’s western suburbs to our Balmain laboratory. Please contact us on (02) 9555 9034 to make alternative arrangements. Unfortunately, we can’t tell you over the phone whether a sample is or isn’t asbestos.
Asbestos removal – Sydney West
If you have asbestos that needs removal, it’s very important for your safety and peace of mind to get a reputable asbestos removal contractor who won’t cut corners.
Airsafe has had over 20 years in the asbestos industry. In this time, we’ve worked with pretty much every asbestos removal contractor in NSW. We know which contractors take the proper precautions and which to avoid. Call us on (02) 9555 9034 and we’ll be happy to recommend a reputable asbestos removal contractor who services Western Sydney.
To ensure the safety of your staff, contractors and the general public, It’s important to have air monitoring in place during asbestos removal, or following any accidental exposure to asbestos. Even a non-friable from of asbestos (like fibro), can become friable once it’s damaged or broken, in which case air monitoring becomes a legal requirement. Rather than taking the risk, it’s better to have air monitoring in place from the beginning. The additional cost is minimal.
Legally, you must also have an asbestos clearance inspection and report completed at the end of asbestos removal or clean-up works.
Call Airsafe on (02) 9555 9034 to organise air monitoring or a clearance inspection. We can also take charge of your entire asbestos abatement process, managing outside contractors and making sure all legal obligations are met.
Asbestos emergencies in Sydney West
Have you found something that you think might be asbestos?
Don’t worry – wherever you are in Sydney’s West, Airsafe can have an asbestos consultant out to you within a couple of hours.
Our consultant will assess the situation, advise you on the best course of action, take samples to be tested if necessary, and place air monitoring equipment to ensure workers are safe and the immediate environment is clear of airborne asbestos.
Just call Airsafe on (02) 9555 9034 for rapid response in an emergency.
Council requirements on asbestos – Greater Western Sydney councils
See information and requirements regarding asbestos from councils in Greater Western Sydney: