Asbestos are naturally occurring minerals with physical characteristics that made them ideal as a building material with fibre being of high tensile strength while having a thermal tolerance of 400 degrees Celsius. The material can commonly be found in roofing, wall cladding, flooring, insulations, gaskets, adhesives and any form of cement. Buildings built prior to 2003 may still contain traces of asbestos which pose serious health risks if the fibres are breathed in.
Due to its hazardous nature, asbestos is highly regulated by Safe Work Australia (SWA) and is now banned as a construction material. The material must be removed by qualified professionals and done in accordance to strict standards. Extensive asbestos testing is necessary to definitively identify whether the material is present within the structure.
Asbestos removal must then be conducted by licensed specialists as handling the material can be potentially dangerous if it breaks. Property owners are advised not to handle such projects as they need to be done by trained and qualified persons and according to safety regulations. It is strongly recommended for properties built prior to 1991 to undergo an inspection and where necessary have testing conducted.
SERS offers complete asbestos testing, surveying and management services.
Regulations specifically state these tasks must be carried out by licensed professionals. SERS has been involved with the abatement of over one million square metres of asbestos contained within existing structures. SERS have qualified licensed Asbestos Assessors to identify and adequately manage any asbestos situation.
Asbestos Testing & Surveys
The relevant codes of practice for asbestos as issued by Safe Work Australia (SWA) state that all buildings suspected of containing asbestos must have a survey conducted. An asbestos survey involves the identification and assessment of asbestos within a structure. The purpose of the survey is to:
- Perform a visual inspection of accessible areas
- Locate materials that may contain asbestos
- Record the type of material and its accessibility
- Assess current condition and potential damage
- Provide recommendations to control or minimise risk
Suspected samples are then sent to a NATA accredited laboratory for further analysis. The results of the survey are critical to assess potential health risks for occupants in the building. The data is then used to form a comprehensive asbestos management plan which provides guidance on appropriate methods for handling the materials safely.
Surveys are required for buildings suspected of containing asbestos especially for older properties. Buildings that are undertaking refurbishment or demolition works are required to have extensive surveys done. Real estate agents can also opt to have a survey conducted for property listings.
Our specialists complete all surveys according to strict regulations and hold the necessary accreditation.
SERS has worked extensively with clients in different industries for asbestos surveys. Our services are available for residential and commercial properties. We have over 40 years of experience with services associated with asbestos from identification to removal.
The results from the survey are used to establish an asbestos management plan to identify potential hazards for occupants or contractors conducting demolition work. All inspections are handled by our specialists using electronic screening tools. One of our key specialists is asbestos identification for residential properties and industrial environments.
Our own laboratory is accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) which gives us the capacity to analyse over 10,000 fibre samples a year. Results are then reported back to clients in different regions. Our five field laboratories can be dispatched to any location in Australia within 24 hours with all the equipment necessary.
One notable project that we previously worked on involved the demolition and asbestos removal of the former James Hardie manufacturing site in Welshpool, Western Australia. Our specialists were contacted for complete asbestos surveying. The project took two years as the site contained an excess of 70,000m2 of bonded asbestos across four hectares of land. SERS deployed a ‘capping’ approach to in-ground asbestos contamination with all regulatory approvals from state government authorities which enabled a multi-million dollar saving for the client. The site now holds several multinational lease holders in newly built warehouse / office facilities.
Our specialists have also worked on a number of commercial and industrial environments for asbestos surveying and removals. All services are carried out to meet strict safety and health regulations using the latest equipment. No job is too small or big for our team to handle.
We work extensively with property owners and construction companies for services associated with asbestos. Our residential survey service is completed in real time to assess the extent of any health hazards caused by airborne asbestos fibres. Surveys for commercial and industrial properties are conducted according to legislative requirements.
If a building is suspected of containing asbestos or the property is undergoing demolition works, a survey is required to cover off the owner’s legislative obligations. Assessments completed by our specialists are completed in accordance to strict quality controls with every detail carefully recorded. Our experienced asbestos consultants have successfully completed surveys for a number of facilities from residential properties to large scale industrial premises.
Call us today on 1300 542 315 for further details or to ask about the other environmental services we offer. You can also use our online form to send us an inquiry about your requirements. Be sure to include detailed information about the project and we will respond shortly.