Asbestos is notorious for being a hazardous material. The substance contains tiny fibrils that if airborne can become lodged into a person’s lungs, leading to cancer or scarring. Exposure to asbestos is prone to happen by breathing in the air on site of a demolished or renovated building that contains asbestos. As a general rule, if a building was built prior to mid 1980s it is highly likely that asbestos materials were used in construction.
Consequently, processes are in place to ensure the proper disposal of asbestos in Queensland, with particular certificates and licenses required to lawfully dispose of the material. Asbestos has no longer been used in Australia since 1990 but if you are unsure whether your building contains the material – play it safe, assume that it does and consider contacting professional asbestos removalists.
Legal obligations for the removal of asbestos in Queensland
Professional contractors and asbestos removalists are required to hold a Class A or Class B asbestos removal license, that is issued under the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011. The license needs to be held by the company owner, individual workers are not required to hold a license – but they do need to meet certain training requirements.
For the domestic removal of asbestos in Queensland, home renovators must acquire a certificate through Queensland Health. This certificate can only be obtained under certain arrangements and will permit a homeowner to remove more than 10 square metres of non-friable asbestos. This is to ensure the proper disposal of asbestos in Queensland is achieved.
How to prepare asbestos for disposal
It is illegal to dispose of asbestos waste in domestic garbage bins or to illegally dump asbestos products in a landfill. Keep in mind that asbestos can only be disposed of at a landfill that accepts the material.
To guarantee the proper disposal of asbestos in Queensland, the material needs to be double wrapped in 0.2mm thick plastic sheeting and sealed with tape. The wrapped asbestos then needs to be labelled as being double wrapped with an appropriate warning such as CAUTION – ASBESTOS, DO NOT OPEN PACKAGING. The asbestos then needs to be transported to an approved landfill.
Under Queensland waste transportation regulations; the transportation of asbestos that weighs 250kg or more requires an application to be made with the Department of Environment and Science. This is a certification that professional contractors and asbestos removalists are required to hold. Therefore, it may be beneficial to contract a professional for the removal of asbestos in Queensland, rather than doing the job yourself.
The proper disposal of asbestos in Queensland
For the removal of asbestos in Queensland and its proper disposal, certain councils require an application for the special burial of the material. If you are unsure of your local councils requirements, it is recommended that you contact them to confirm your obligations. Typically, asbestos loads will only be accepted at landfills or Waste Management Facilities by a licensed regulated waste transporter.
Townsville Demolitions are professional asbestos removalists and hold the required licenses for the proper disposal of asbestos in Queensland. Call us today on (07) 4775 7148 to organise your free asbestos inspection and leave the hazardous job for the professionals.
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Call Townsville Demolitions on (07) 4775 7148 today, to organise your free asbestos inspection.