In the 1800s construction businesses started to add asbestos to their building materials as it improved the material’s insulation qualities as far as heat and sound were concerned. The asbestos through the years gained in popularity as an additive for cement, tiles, paints and insulation among other things and reached its peak with about 50% of buildings containing asbestos in one form or another. Although at some time in the 1900s asbestos was suspected of being a health risk, buildings were still being constructed using asbestos as an additive up until the 1990s however, since then many countries have banned its use in new buildings with Australia banning its use since 2003.
The problem with asbestos was that although it did not seem to present a hazard to health when first used, as the material in which it was used was disturbed in any way, the asbestos fibers were being released into the air, polluting it. These fibers when inhaled would stay in the lungs where they contributed to the cause of mesothelioma and cancer. Obviously this was a serious potential health risk and even if a building containing asbestos was demolished, unless care was taken the asbestos would still pollute the atmosphere and could cause illness.
Obviously because of Australia’s ban on its use, any building in Sydney which was built post 2003 should not have any potential health hazard from asbestos but many others do. VIP Asbestos Removal Sydney is a company that specializes in testing for asbestos in buildings and in the removing and safe disposal of any asbestos in buildings. These are both professionals and specialists, able to safely check and remove any asbestos that may be contained in building materials and then dispose of that asbestos contaminated material in a safe and hazard free manner.
Some people may think that the removal of any materials that may contain asbestos in one form or another is a simple enough task but, as each of the 6 different types of asbestos needs to be handled and disposed of differently, the task is certainly not one for a DIY enthusiast, regardless of how talented they are unless they are qualified in the hazards associated with the different types of asbestos.
To date, it is estimated that many lives have been affected by the use of asbestos in building and some have even been lost and so the banning of it in construction materials is a good start but only a start. There are still many buildings that were constructed prior to 2003 and any one of them could have the potential to be housing as serious health hazard. This means that if your home was constructed prior to 2003, you may want to have it checked for asbestos so you at least know what hazards you are exposing your family members too, if any. The specialist companies that remove asbestos are therefore becoming very busy and so you should perhaps check with one as soon as possible.