View Training Dates for Your City
- No scheduled courses - please call us to discuss your requirements
Those looking to return to damaged or burnt buildings should be extra wary of the threat of asbestos, a NSW building inspector has warned.
Archicentre, the building inspection arm of the Australian Institute of Architects, has highlighted the increased asbestos risk that burnt out residential and commercial properties carry.
Although asbestos is generally safe when undisturbed, any damage to a building can expose it to the open and cause an immediate health risk.
“[Asbestos products] are considered a health hazard once they are disturbed, broken, blown or washed away with exposure linked to mesothelioma cancer years after the exposure,” said Archicentre General Manager Cameron Frazer.
“The major hazard stems from the toxic asbestos fibres becoming airborne.”
He went on to point out that the extensive natural disasters Australia sees, such as bushfires, increases the risk of exposed asbestos in this country and homeowners are urged to exercise caution when revisiting damaged properties.
“When a single home in the suburbs is burnt down, considerable care is taken in the inspection and removal of debris because of the presence of asbestos,” he said.
“In the case of such widespread destruction of homes in bushfires, similar issues are involved.”
With temperatures across Australia set to soar in coming months and increase the risk of bushfires, people who engage in asbestos removal are advised to keep on top of their OHS procedures.
Peter Dunphy, chair of the Asbestos Education Committee, also stressed the importance of having a professional carry out any asbestos removal work.
“If homeowners suspect they have asbestos in their home and want it removed, we recommend using a licensed asbestos removalist just as they’d use a licenced electrician for electrical work because of the dangers of working with electricity,” he said.
Latest OHS news
“In over 20 years of training, this was one of the best courses I’ve ever attended.”
“Great! The instructor made it interesting and enjoyable”
” We heard that AlertForce delivers one of the best courses around so the boss decided to send me to Australia from New Zealand.”
“I liked the trainer’s positive outlook and uplifting approach towards completing the long day.”
“Very competent training course. Trainer was very knowledgeable on subject.”
“AlertForce provided an excellent trainer, knowledgeable on the topic and allowed for active questioning.”
“Informative and concise training delivered at the right pace.”
“The Trainer was very engaging”
“Interesting, informative, relevant.”