As a business owner, one of your top priorities and obligations is to make sure your workplace is professional, healthy, and risk-free for your employees and customers alike. This includes making sure that your office space does not contain any dangerous substances with possibly life-threatening effects on your work force. If your office is located in a building dating back 40 or more years, chances are that it contains one of the most hazardous substances ever used in construction materials: asbestos.
Commonly used from after World War II up until the 1980s and only officially banned all over Australia in late 2003, asbestos can still be found in a lot of buildings as it is present in roofing, floor and ceiling tiles, insulation, and many other materials. Prolonged exposure to asbestos can cause severe ailments, most of them fatal, ranging from asbestosis to lung and other kinds of cancer.
In addition to the health hazards, the presence of asbestos in the workplace can lead to costly lawsuits in the future if you do not take immediate steps to remove the threat. Although more expensive, hiring a professional asbestos removal company such as PROAS is your best option, as any amateur attempt can be more dangerous and lead to bigger losses in the long run.
Here’s what to expect when contracting the services of asbestos removal experts.
Inspection of the Premises
A full inspection of your office building is the first step you need to take to ensure a safe environment for your staff and customers.
A specialised asbestos removal service will send a team to the scene to inspect it visually and also take samples from various parts of the building such as flooring, drywall, siding, and even tap water. The samples will be tested in a lab and based on the findings, the experts will recommend the best course of action and also offer a quote for their services.
Professional Equipment and Services
Depending on the level of contamination, you may need to remove a significant portion of the construction including parts of the insulation, flooring, and ceiling.
Once you get a quote from a professional service and find out where the contamination lies, you might be tempted to take things into your hands so as to cut costs. That is highly inadvisable as damaged asbestos becomes very unstable and airborne fibres will spread the contamination further and faster, making it very difficult to contain.
An expert service will use professional techniques and equipment, including protective clothing and masks, to safely remove asbestos without putting themselves or your workers at risk.
Before you make a hire, make sure you check the company’s credentials and their actual experience in the field. You will also need to find out if they are fully licensed and up to date with the latest legislation on asbestos, while also being dedicated to continuously improving their service by investing in new equipment and technologies whenever possible.
After removing the hazardous substance, all licensed asbestos removal companies will provide you with a complete report of the work done, including a final assessment of the area to determine if the threat has been completely eliminated. This could include post demolition surveys, air and water sampling, and testing and monitoring data.