Safety is always of paramount importance on all of our job sites. With cases of mesothelioma still increasing, and incidences not expected to peak for another year, ensuring everyone involved on asbestos removal is suitably protected is critical. This means not just those employees involved in the asbestos removal, but also homeowners and the general public.
The Australian Mesothelioma Registry’s most recent report revealed that QLD has the second highest rate of mesothelioma cases, second only to NSW. 2014 brought 641 new cases of mesothelioma; 80% were males and most in the 65-80-age bracket.
With reported cases on the rise, despite the stringent WHS policies in place today, these statistics show that the health issues from asbestos exposure often don’t become apparent for many years – many cases from 2014 will have been exposed decades ago and we are just seeing the impact now.
Handling such a hazardous material means that personal protection equipment (PPE) is a vital part of our day-to-day lives, and 470asbestos always run a site that is compliant with WHS Government legislation, so we know that our employees are well protected.
However, it is clear that this hasn’t always been the case with homeowners. The portion of the study that covered those exposed in a non-occupational environment found that 80% of those were at home; those living in fibro homes during major renovations. Many will have occurred before the dangers of asbestos were apparent. But without the proper protection many could still occur today.
Though homeowners are legally allowed to remove non-friable asbestos material from their homes, providing that the area is less than 10sqm, it is not advised—calling a professional asbestos removal specialist is always recommended. Loosely-bound asbestos product should only be handled by a licensed professional.