Renovating your property is a good way of adding value to your house, which is important especially when the time comes to cash in.
However, there are high risks that a person has to face. Apart from the usual OHS hazards, such as the use of dangerous equipment and electrification risk, house renovations can carry a far more lethal and silent danger: asbestos!
Asbestos is a naturally happening fibrous mineral that saw its rise in the construction industry in the early 1900’s. Manufacturers preferred it over other materials because it had some quality features such as fire resistance, tensile strength and sound absorption that made it hard to resist. In fact, it was seen as the easiest way of solving many construction material design problems.
What manufacturers didn’t know was that even with all these benefits, asbestos had a gloomy, darker side with far worse consequences. Asbestos fibre that works wonders in different applications is a cause of some of the most deadly illnesses in the world.
Inhaling asbestos fibres can lead to asbestosis complication (scarring of the lung tissue), lung cancer, pleural disease and mesothelioma. Medical studies by the Australian Health Department have shown that even inhaling a single asbestos fibre can be life-threatening in the long run.
Tragically, as years went by, asbestos found more use and was widely used in different application such as cigarette filters, oven mitts, airport runways and even shoe soles – in other words, the whole world was watermarked with asbestos. One of the places asbestos found significant use is in the house construction industry.
If you reason that asbestos is a problem for the past- you will have to re-think your opinion. The most shocking part about asbestos is that it is still present in two-thirds of Australian homes that were built from the start of the 20th century up to 1984.
It means that if you are an occupant of a house that was built over two decades ago, you might be a potential victim of asbestos in your home. Having an asbestos audit done and possible asbestos material gotten rid of can help secure your precious life from the dangers asbestos pauses.
But don’t get shocked! As long as materials containing asbestos are well maintained, you are still safe. Asbestos menace mostly occurs when the material containing asbestos is interfered with either by natural causes such as bad weather, or human interference. If interfered with, asbestos dust finds its way into the air, and its fibre goes airborne.
If you are planning either a short term or long term house renovation, you face grave implications from asbestos.
One of the most common areas to find asbestos includes roof sheeting and cladding. It is highly advisable to contact a professional asbestos roof removal company to come and dispose of your home’s asbestos roofing.
Carrying out this task on your own will be handing your life to a visible danger. Safe Work Australia research suggests that disposal of asbestos is among the most frequent incidences a person comes into contact with asbestos.