Asbestos testing, inspection & removal - Hills District, Sydney NSW

Airsafe is Sydney’s most experienced asbestos consultancy. We offer NATA accredited asbestos testing and inspection services to businesses and residents throughout the Hills District. We have great working relationships with the area’s best asbestos removal contractors, and can recommend someone reliable who won't cut corners.


Asbestos in the Sydney Hills

Asbestos was a widely used material in building for much of the 20th century, especially in Australia. It can be found in both residential and commercial buildings throughout the Sydney Hills District. Some of the most common places to find asbestos in the Hills include:

  • fibro walls
  • corrugated or shingled asbestos roofing
  • beneath carpets and vinyl floor coverings
  • cement pipes
  • electrical meter boxes
  • eaves and gutters
  • garages
  • corrugated fencing

Whether you're living in Baulkham Hills, Carlingford, Castle Hill or Northmead, there's a good chance that your workplace or home contains asbestos. If you're an employer in the Hills District, you have obligations to protect your employees and the public from asbestos risks, If you're a Hills householder, you need to be aware of the risks of asbestos, especially if you're planning to renovate. To find out more, keep reading.

Asbestos surveys for Hills District commercial properties

If you search for asbestos surveys in the Hills District, you might come across ads for low-priced commercial asbestos surveys. These ads might sound tempting, but the surveys often represent poor value in the long run. At Airsafe, we often find ourselves re-surveying buildings when previous surveys have been declared inadequate by council, SafeWork or unions.

So what makes us different from the low-priced operators? First, our inspectors are qualified asbestos experts. We have more than 20 years' experience with asbestos, and our staff know what they're doing. The industry regards Airsafe’s asbestos and hazardous material survey reports as rigorous and trustworthy. 

Second, Airsafe has its own asbestos testing laboratory, accredited by NATA. That means we don’t try to cut corners by testing fewer samples than necessary.

Get a quick quote for an asbestos survey for a commercial building in the Hills District.

Asbestos inspections for Hills District households

Airsafe also offers asbestos inspections for residential buildings in the Hills District.

If you're planning to renovate, the Hills Shire 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 an adequate job. To prevent possible complications later on, take advantage of Airsafe's years of experience. Make sure your asbestos inspection is done right the first time.

What if council doesn't require 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 encourage you to get an asbestos inspection anyway, if only for your own peace of mind. Health experts fear a new wave of asbestos victims among home renovators. Don't risk putting yourself or a family member in danger.

Book an asbestos inspection for a residential building in the Hills District.

Asbestos testing - Sydney Hills

If you think you may have found asbestos, you can get a sample tested by Airsafe quickly and easily, for only $99 per sample (including GST). Our NATA accredited laboratory uses cutting edge scientific techniques to give you a definitive answer, fast.

How to collect a sample for asbestos testing.

Note: We realise it may be difficult to transport a sample from the Hills 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 whether a sample is or isn’t asbestos.

Asbestos removal - The Hills

If you have asbestos that needs removal, it’s crucial for your safety and peace of mind to get a reputable asbestos removal contractor who won’t cut corners.

Airsafe has over 20 years of experience with asbestos. Over the years, we've worked with virtually 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 reliable asbestos removal contractor who services the Sydney Hills.

To keep your staff, contractors and the general public safe, 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. When that happens, air monitoring becomes a legal requirement. Instead of taking the risk, it's better to have air monitoring in place from the beginning. The additional cost is small.

The law states that 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 The Hills

Have you found something that you think could be asbestos?

Don't worry - wherever you are in the Hills District, Airsafe can have an asbestos consultant out to you within a couple of hours.

Our consultant will assess the situation, give you sound advice about the best course of action, collect samples for testing 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 - The Hills Shire Council

The Hills Shire Council has a page detailing their requirements and advice relating to asbestos.

Most regulations about handling asbestos are set out in the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, and administered by SafeWork NSW. Council's role includes issuing approvals for asbestos removal, and investigating reports and complaints related to asbestos safety.

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