As a Class A Unrestricted Licensed Asbestos Removalist (WUA190), the AARCO team is highly professional and experienced to offer solutions for all your Asbestos and Hazardous Materials project.
Our key competencies include:
Friable and Non Friable Asbestos Removal
Removal of Asbestos Roofing, Wall Sheeting, Fences, Tiles, Pipe Lagging and other materials
Environmental Cleaning and Removal of Asbestos Containing Dust (ACD)
Contaminated Soil Removal
Removal and Replacement of Asbestos Fencing (Asbestos to Colorbond)
Safe Transport and Disposal of Asbestos Waste
24/7 Emergency Response
With safety at the forefront of everything we do, we ensure all works are delivered in accordance with relevant State and Territory legislation and industry best practice.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fibre.
Historically, it was mined and used in many industries worldwide.
Asbestos was once considered to be a very useful mineral because it is flexible, strong, affordable and can insulate from heat and electricity.
Because of this, it was commonly used in the construction of homes and buildings.
Exposure to asbestos fibres can cause life-threatening illnesses, so use of asbestos has been greatly reduced and it is now banned in 61 countries.
Asbestos Use in Australia
Up until the mid-1980's, Australia had one of the highest rates of asbestos use per person in the world.
Asbestos was mined in Australia until 1984, and 1.5 million tonnes of asbestos was imported between 1930 and 1983.
On the 31st December 2003 Asbestos was banned in Australia.
What is Friable Asbestos?
Friable Asbestos means any material that contains asbestos and is in the form of a powder or can be easily crumbled or reduced to a powder by hand pressure when dry.
This may include asbestos containing materials that have been subjected to conditions that leave them in a state where they meet the friable definition, such as weathering, physical damage, water damage etc.
These materials are more likely to release high levels of asbestos into the airborne environment when disturbed and therefore are extremely dangerous.
Examples of friable asbestos include, but are not limited to:
Fire Damaged Asbestos Wall and Roof Sheeting
Felt and Woven Asbestos matting.
What is Non-Friable Asbestos?
Non- Friable Asbestos is any asbestos containing material other than Friable asbestos, and is considered lower risk.
It is generally mixed with cement or other hard bonding materials. Non-Friable asbestos can become friable if damaged or old.
Examples of Non-Friable asbestos include, but are not limited to:
Asbestos Cement Building products (Fences, Eaves, Cladding)
Vinyl floor tiles
Friction materials and any product where the asbestos is bound in a matrix.