Asbestos testing, inspection & removal - Sutherland Shire

As Sydney’s most respected asbestos consultancy, Airsafe offers NATA accredited asbestos testing and inspection services to businesses and residents throughout Sutherland Shire. We work closely with the area’s best asbestos removal contractors, and can recommend someone who won’t cut corners.


Asbestos in Sutherland Shire

Until the 1950s, Sutherland Shire was mainly a rural district. During the 1950s, 60s and 70s, extensive residential and commercial development turned it into one of Sydney’s largest suburban areas.

Unfortunately, this period was also the high point of the use of asbestos as a building material. Because of its fire retardant and insulating properties, asbestos was used in virtually every aspect of construction, from fibro walls and roofs to electrical meter boards, pipes and vinyl flooring.

The prevalence of asbestos in Sutherland Shire was highlighted in July 2012, when buried asbestos fragments were discovered at the site of a new playground in Caringbah.

So whether you’re a business based in Sutherland, Miranda or Cronulla, or have a home in a suburban area like Sylvania, Taren Point or Gymea, there’s a high probability that the property you work or live in contains asbestos.

Before starting any demolition, renovation or redevelopment work, you should contact Airsafe for an asbestos survey. Sutherland Shire Council may require this as part of a development application, and it’s a requirement under the Work, Health and Safety Regulations 2011 for any workplace or residential unit building constructed before December 1, 2003.

Asbestos surveys for Sutherland Shire commercial properties

You may see advertising for low-priced commercial asbestos surveys available in Sutherland Shire. Unfortunately, these surveys are often a false economy. Airsafe is often called in to re-survey buildings after earlier surveys have been declared inadequate by council, SafeWork or unions.

Why is Airsafe different? Firstly, all our inspectors are asbestos experts. We’ve been in the industry for over 20 years, and all our staff are extensively trained. Airsafe’s asbestos and hazardous material survey reports are respected throughout the industry. 

Secondly, Airsafe has its own NATA accredited laboratory for asbestos testing. That means we don’t need to cut corners by minimising the number of samples we test.

Get a quick quote for an asbestos survey for a commercial building in Sutherland Shire.

Asbestos inspections for Sutherland Shire households

Airsafe also offers asbestos inspections for residential buildings in Sutherland Shire.

As a householder, Sutherland Shire Council may ask you for an asbestos inspection before approving your renovation plans. Unfortunately, we've seen many asbestos inspection reports from other firms knocked back by council because the inspector didn't do a thorough enough job. So take advantage of Airsafe's many years of experience, and 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 strongly encourage you to get an asbestos inspection done for your own peace of mind. There are fears of a new wave of asbestos victims among home renovators. Don't let yourself be one of them.

Book an asbestos inspection for a residential building in Sutherland Shire.

Asbestos testing - Sutherland Shire

If you suspect you’ve found asbestos, it’s easy to get a sample tested by Airsafe. Our NATA accredited laboratory uses cutting-edge scientific techniques to give you a definite answer, fast.

How to collect a sample for asbestos testing.

Note: We understand it may be difficult to transport a sample from Sutherland Shire 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 - Sutherland Shire

If you need asbestos removed, it’s very important for your safety and peace of mind to get a reputable asbestos removal contractor who won’t cut corners.

During over 20 years in the industry, Airsafe has worked with every asbestos removal contractor out there. We know which ones take the proper precautions and which ones to avoid. Call us on (02) 9555 9034 and we’ll be happy to recommend a reputable asbestos removal contractor who services Sutherland Shire.

To ensure the safety of your staff, contractors and the general public, It's crucial 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 as soon as it's damaged or broken, in which case air monitoring becomes a legal requirement. Rather than taking the risk, it's much better to have air monitoring in place from the beginning, and the additional cost is minimal.

It's also a legal requirement to have an asbestos clearance inspection and report completed at the end of any asbestos removal or clean-up works.

Call Airsafe on (02) 9555 9034 to arrange air monitoring or a clearance inspection. We'd also be happy take charge of your entire asbestos abatement exercise, managing outside contractors and ensuring that all legal obligations are met.

Asbestos emergencies in Sutherland Shire

Have you made an unexpected find that you suspect might be asbestos?

Don't worry - wherever you are in Sutherland Shire, Airsafe can have an asbestos consultant on site within a couple of hours.

Our consultant will assess the situation, advise on the best course of action, take samples to be tested if necessary, and place air monitoring equipment to make sure 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.

Sutherland Shire Council requirements on asbestos

The rules for handling and disposing asbestos in Sutherland Shire are the same as in the rest of New South Wales. These rules are outlined in the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 and administered by SafeWork Authority of NSW.

You can find a useful page with links to asbestos regulations and resources on the Sutherland Shire Council website.

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