The role of demolition experts in asbestos handling for commercial projects: Protecting health and safety
Commercial demolition projects require much of the same considerations as residential demolition on a base level, however the scope is far more significant and access to areas can be more complex. This is particularly so for asbestos assessment, removal and disposal, due to the sheer volume of potential asbestos-affected materials being far more than residential (pending date range of build). To ensure the safety of workers and the surrounding environment, the role of demolition experts in asbestos handling is of paramount importance.
Every part of the construction process requires careful compliance to a number of required regulations and permits to avoid extremely costly fees, and danger to anyone on site. Streamlining that compliance for demolition in Australia is crucial, with a complex navigation through permits, protocols and regulations to meet legal requirements and maintain national industry standard safety adherence. Here is how demolition companies keep their compliance requirements in order through a streamlined process in Australia.
Being exposed to asbestos dust can put your health at serious risk and, if exposure occurs over a long period, can even be life threatening. Asbestos fibres can lodge in the lungs leading to lifelong health complications running anywhere from respiratory disease to cancer.
When people know they have been exposed to asbestos exposure, there can be an assumption that part of the symptoms of this would occur in an obvious and immediate way (such as skin irritation, difficulty breathing or some other discomfort or pain). However, part of what makes asbestos so hazardous is that symptoms of exposure occur only when asbestos-caused disease occurs and the damage has been done. This isn’t to say early detection is not a factor to recovery, and knowing these symptoms can be life saving information.
Asbestos has an interesting reputation: most people know that it is bad to have it in a building, and needs removing. However, there tends to be less understanding about how and when it is dangerous, what to do if you are exposed to it, and why it is bad in the first place. At Ryno’s, knowing these answers is part of the core value we provide, ensuring only the most safe and secure removal of asbestos through understanding the fibrous material and how it works. If, however, exposure has occurred before we’ve been able to do that, it’s important to keep a close eye on the symptoms of asbestos contact and seek medical attention immediately.
Given the corrosion and heat proof nature of asbestos (the very reason it was utilised in the first place), it was most commonly used in the walls, ceilings, pipes and tiles for insulation purposes. While asbestos is dangerous in any part of a building, it is considered less so when in floor tiles. This doesn’t mean you can be careless with its removal, however. There are procedures and processes for the safe removal of asbestos floor tiles.