With more than 40 years combined experience, the dedicated team at SERS have the knowledge and expertise to safely identify, manage and remove commercial, industrial and residential asbestos material.
All of our specialists are fully qualified and licensed to effectively remove Class A (friable or loosely bound) and Class B (non friable or bonded) asbestos, and have been involved with the safe removal and management of over 1 million square metres of asbestos throughout Australia.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is made up of 6 naturally occurring minerals (fibres) found in rocks and soil. It was a common building material between the 1950s and 1970s due to its durability and heat resistant nature. Asbestos was used in a wide range of applications such as roofing, fencing, cement sheets and pipes, insulation, cladding, electrical fittings and floor tiles. Up until the 1990s, asbestos cement products were still being used, and it is still widely found in homes or commercial properties built or renovated prior to 1990. Asbestos has been banned in Australia since 2003.
Why is asbestos a concern?
Asbestos is considered harmful when its fibres are released into the air and breathed in. This is likely to occur when the material is disturbed, such as when carrying out renovations or demolitions. Exposure to this hazardous element can lead to serious health risks including Asbestosis or lung cancer. In most cases, building materials left undamaged pose no threat to your health, however any testing or handling of asbestos must always be carried out by a licensed asbestos removalist.
A professional inspection and analysis of the building material by our team of specialists, will determine the nature of the asbestos present and the correct course of action to be taken to ensure the safety of all.
Types of asbestos
Asbestos falls under 2 categories:
- Friable: This is the most hazardous form of asbestos because of its powdery form, which increases the likelihood of fibres being released into the atmosphere and breathed in. An example of this is sprayed asbestos found in insulation.
- Non-friable (bonded): Less dangerous but still considered harmful if disturbed, non-friable asbestos is firmly bound within the material such as cement products or sheeting. It is commonly found in residential housing.
SERS offers a complete range of asbestos removal services from sampling and testing, inspections, air monitoring, environmental management, and safe removal and disposal in absolute strict accordance with Safe Work Australia standards.
We also operate our very own National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory, where we analyse fibre samples for the identification of asbestos.
If you suspect you have asbestos on your property, contact the asbestos removal experts at SERS today for a hassle free assessment.