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Asbestos testing, inspection & removal – Wollongong & Port Kembla

Airsafe is New South Wales’ expert asbestos consultancy. Airsafe offers NATA certified asbestos testing and inspection services to businesses throughout the Wollongong and Port Kembla region. We have a close working partnership with the region’s finest asbestos removal contractors, and can recommend someone reliable who won’t take any shortcuts.

Asbestos in Wollongong & Port Kembla

The Wollongong & Port Kembla area, like most places in Australia, contains large amounts of asbestos. It is an area with a history of heavy industry. Port Kembla is an active shipment destination and has been in the news a lot lately due to a number of asbestos related incidents.

The Port Kembla smoke stack, an iconic 200-m high copper chimney, was found to contain a few kilograms of asbestos in 2012. This halted plans to demolish the site, which is due to be demolished mid-2013. The smoke stack is near a main road and a pre-school, which raises concerns about air quality and the environmental impact.

In December 2012, a 15,000 tonne shipment of soil from Sydney’s Barangaroo development site on Darling Harbour arrived in Port Kembla, containing traces of asbestos. The area was quarantined and the soil was removed during March 2013.

If you’re a business in the Wollongong / Port Kembla region and need help with asbestos, Airsafe has asbestos consultants with enough expertise to handle the complicated legal, health and productivity issues involved.

Never fear: at Airsafe, we offer our services to businesses anywhere in the Wollongong and Port Kembla region. We understand the region well, and with over twenty years experience in the asbestos industry, we’ve helped businesses across the Illawara region, from Wollongong to Warrawong. If you need urgent help, our consultant can be on site the same day.

Asbestos surveys for Wollongong & Port Kembla commercial properties

If you do a Google search for asbestos surveys in Wollongong & Port Kembla, you might find ads for discounted commercial asbestos surveys. These offers might be enticing, but discount surveys are often poor value long term. At Airsafe, we often have to re-survey buildings when other asbestos audits have been revealed as inadequate by unions, SafeWork or council.

What makes us better than the discount operators? Our inspectors are all asbestos experts with tertiary qualifications and considerable experience. Our staff know what they’re doing as we’ve been dealing with asbestos for over 20 years. In the industry, Airsafe’s asbestos and hazardous material survey reports are respected, rigorous and trustworthy.

At Airsafe our own asbestos testing laboratory is accredited by NATA. Unlike some of our competitors, that means we don’t try to cut corners by testing less samples than required.

Get a quick quote for an asbestos survey for a commercial building in Wollongong or Port Kembla.

Asbestos testing – Wollongong & Port Kembla

If you feel you may have found asbestos, you can get a sample tested by Airsafe simply and easily, for $99 per sample (including GST). Our NATA accredited laboratory uses advanced scientific methods to give you a fast and accurate answer.

How to collect a sample for asbestos testing.

Note: We realise it may be difficult to transport a sample from Wollongong or Port Kembla to our Balmain laboratory. Please contact us on (02) 9555 9034 to make alternative arrangements if necessary. Unfortunately, we can’t tell you over the phone if a sample is or isn’t asbestos.

Asbestos removal – Wollongong & Port Kembla

If you have asbestos that requires removal, it’s important for your peace of mind and safety to use a certified asbestos removal contractor who has expertise in the industry.

At Airsafe, we have over 20 years of experience in handling asbestos. During that time, we’ve worked with just about every asbestos removal contractor in NSW. We know the contractors who take the right precautions, and which ones you should avoid. Call us on (02) 9555 9034 and we’ll gladly recommend a trustworthy asbestos removal contractor who works in the Wollongong and Port Kembla region.

To keep your employees, the general public and contractors safe, it’s important to have air monitoring in place whilst the asbestos is being removed, or after any accidental exposure to asbestos. Even fibro, a non-friable type of asbestos, can become friable if damaged or broken. Once that happens, air monitoring turns into a legal requirement. Avoid the risk: have air monitoring in place from the beginning. The additional cost is minor.

According to the law, you must also have an asbestos clearance inspection and report done at the end of asbestos removal or clean-up works.

Call Airsafe on (02) 9555 9034 to arrange air monitoring or a clearance inspection. We can also take care of your entire asbestos abatement process, managing outside contractors and ensuring all legal obligations are met.

Asbestos emergencies in Wollongong & Port Kembla

Have you found something at your location that you think might be asbestos?

Don’t worry – wherever you are in the Wollongong and Port Kembla area, Airsafe can have an asbestos consultant at your door within a couple of hours.

Our consultant will assess the location, give you the right advice about what to do next, collect samples for testing if necessary, and install air monitoring equipment to make sure workers are safe and the immediate environment is free of airborne asbestos.

Simply call Airsafe on (02) 9555 9034 for rapid response in an emergency.

Council requirements on asbestos – Wollongong & Port Kembla

The Wollongong City Council supports the region and has a page containing advice and requirements about dealing with asbestos:

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