Home PageAsbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring fibrous silicate minerals. PCBs can still be released to the environment from hazardous waste sites; illegal or improper disposal of industrial wastes and consumer products; leaks from old electrical transformers containing PCBs; also incinerating some wastes. Lead author Bill Musk, a respiratory physician at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, wrote that patterns of asbestos exposure had changed since production and importation of asbestos in Australia was stopped in 2004. A valid asbestos management plan should be in place for any ship or resources installation in this circumstance.
Its estimated that 98% of all homes constructed before 1976 in WA contained ACP (probably mostly wall sheeting), and that a fifth of the domestic roofs contained asbestos on that period. In these cases the presence of asbestos and records of the companies involved (contracts, architectural specifications, etc) needs to be documented. You should make an appointment for an asbestos review examination with the MHS office, quoting your asbestos registration number. This is the reason why people are going to great lengths to protect school children from asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer whose only known cause is asbestos exposure.
Extend the isolated/barricaded area around the removal area/enclosure as far as reasonably practicable (until fibre levels are at or below 0.01 fibres/ml, wet wipe and vacuum the surrounding area, seal any identified leaks (e.g. with expandable foam or tape) and smoke test the enclosure until it is satisfactorily sealed. Evidence suggests that asbestos-exposed workers who quit smoking can significantly reduce their risk of developing lung cancer. Repeated, prolonged exposure to asbestos leads almost inevitably to serious illness.
During the early part of this century, the link between cancer, exposure to asbestos and asbestosis was established and the governments enforced strict safety measures. Immediate means there must be no delay between the duty holder becoming aware of the emergency and the need for a structure or plant that contain asbestos to be demolished, and the submission of a notification to Comcare. Our consultants are highly experienced, having worked on numerous asbestos related projects for residential, commercial and industrial establishments. The EPA concluded that exposure to asbestos from some vermiculite products poses only a minimal health risk.
It is not a good idea to remove loosely bound materials, such as insulation, by yourself if they contain asbestos. Use the Yellow Pages to search for a licenced asbestos removal contractor or visit to find a list of licenced asbestos removalists in your area. The first thing a victim of mesothelioma or other asbestos related diseases will need is health records and specialist testimonies correlating the side effects of the disease directly to asbestos exposure. The disease is often found in workers engaged in the mining or processing of asbestos.
Some other places where asbestos may be lurking include the fireplace, around wiring housing, the furnace, and around your plumbing pipes. For enquires and more information about the safe handling and disposal of asbestos, call our Customer Service Centre on 02 4921 0333. Domestic consumption of asbestos amounted to about 803,000 metric tons in 1973, but it had dropped to about 2,400 metric tons by 2005 ( 3 , 5 ).
Asbestos Exposure & Risk of Developing Asbestos Related Disease