Airborne Asbestos: Comprehensive Insights by Identifibre

Asbestos, a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral, was a common building material due to its strength and heat resistance. However, when asbestos fibres become airborne, they pose significant health risks. Identifibre, as Melbourne’s leading asbestos testing and consultation service, is here to guide you through the complexities of airborne asbestos and its implications.

Why is Airborne Asbestos a Concern? Exposure to airborne asbestos particles is the primary health risk associated with asbestos. When these fibres are inhaled, they can remain in the lungs and, over time, lead to serious diseases. The risk of developing asbestos-related conditions depends on the duration and intensity of exposure.

Health Implications of Airborne Asbestos

  • Asbestosis: A chronic lung disease caused by prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibres, leading to lung scarring and breathlessness.
  • Lung Cancer: Asbestos exposure can lead to lung cancer, especially when combined with other risk factors like smoking.
  • Pleural Disorders: Asbestos can cause thickening of the lung lining, leading to reduced lung capacity.
  • Mesothelioma: A rare cancer primarily caused by asbestos exposure, affecting the lungs or abdomen.

Identifibre’s Role in Ensuring Safety At Identifibre, we prioritize your health and safety. Our state-of-the-art asbestos testing services are designed to detect and measure airborne asbestos levels, ensuring a safe environment for all. Whether it’s a residential space or a commercial establishment, our team of experts is equipped to handle all your asbestos-related concerns.

Prevention and Safety Measures While asbestos use has been banned in Australia since 2003, it’s crucial to be aware of potential sources, especially in older buildings. If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your environment, it’s essential to seek professional assistance. Disturbing asbestos-containing materials can release fibres into the air, increasing health risks.

Choose Identifibre for Expertise and Assurance With years of experience and a commitment to excellence, Identifibre stands as your trusted partner in managing airborne asbestos risks. Our comprehensive services, from testing to consultation, ensure that you’re equipped with the knowledge and resources to maintain a safe environment.

Air monitoring must be analysed as soon as is reasonably possible after it is taken. We pride ourselves on being a leader in the industry for our fast turnaround on results with access to in-house sample analysis testing facilities and portable laboratories.

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Asbestos Sample Testing

Identifibre is a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) endorsed laboratory for analysis of bulk samples of building materials and soil samples for the presence of asbestos. With an experienced team of analysts, we offer a variety of turnaround times to suit budget and time restraints.

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Air Monitoring & Clearance Certificates

Identifibre provides all hygiene services required for asbestos removal works including air monitoring, visual inspections, clearance certificates and other services to ensure adequate control measures are in place before, during and after removal works.

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Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Management Plans

Identifibre can provide a complete asbestos management solution, incorporating the asbestos assessment and management plan framework adapted to your particular organisation structure.

Asbestos Sample Testing

Air Monitoring & Clearance Certificates

Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Management Plans

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Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Surveys & Risk Assessments

Identifibre’s Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Surveys and Risk Assessments (Division 6) detail the location and condition of asbestos and other hazardous materials that may be disturbed during demolition or refurbishment works on a building, structure, ship or plant where asbestos is fixed or installed.

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Asbestos in the Workplace Surveys & Risk Assessments

Identifibre can assist your workplace to comply with the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and the Australian Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations by carrying out a Division 5 Asbestos in the Workplace Survey and Risk Assessment in a timely, accurate and cost effective manner.

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Asbestos Awareness Training

Identifibre’s asbestos awareness training course provides guidance on identifying asbestos containing materials and how to work safely where asbestos may be suspected or confirmed.

Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Surveys & Risk Assessments

Asbestos in the Workplace Surveys & Risk Assessments

Asbestos Awareness Training

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Project Management & Supervision

Identifibre can provide management assistance in all phases of asbestos abatement activities, from preparation of specifications through to project completion, including supervision and final clearance certification.

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Asbestos Contaminated Land Assessments

Asbestos is commonly found within soil and fill material associated with commercial or residential construction. Contact Identifibre for expert advice to investigate and assess the site, including soil, and develop appropriate risk management strategies.

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Respiratory Protection Fit Testing

All personnel who are required to remove or disturb asbestos-containing materials must use adequate respiratory protection for the task. Identifibre offer respiratory mask fit tests with all Identifibre fit testers RESP-Fit accredited.

Project Management & Supervision

Asbestos Contaminated Land Assessments

Respiratory Protection Fit Testing

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