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Asbestos inspections are a critical part of building maintenance, particularly if you live or work in a building that was built prior to the 1980s. Asbestos surveys are used to determine the likelihood of asbestos being within your building, its deterioration and whether removal needs to be carried out. These asbestos surveys are particularly critical if the building you live or work in is about to undergo refurbishment or renovations — as this is a prime time for asbestos to be discovered.
Asbestos testing in residential, commercial and government environments
Asbestos was originally used as an insulator and fire-resistant material for many types of buildings in Australia. However, in the 1970s, it was recognised that it could potentially have a harmful effect on human health and so was gradually phased out of construction materials by the early 1990s.
However, it is still found today in a wide variety of residential, commercial and government buildings today — often unknowingly. Although materials containing asbestos aren’t inherently dangerous, it is important to be aware of whether asbestos is present within the building. When construction materials containing asbestos are broken or damaged, they can release particles that can be subsequently inhaled and cause lung damage.
Asbestos testing is usually carried out for three main reasons — building maintenance, building refurbishment/renovations and building demolitions.
If the presence of asbestos has previously been detected within your building — or you suspect it may be present due to the building’s age — GBAR Group is able to carry out the relevant asbestos inspections. These inspections can determine whether asbestos is present and if special considerations need to be taken to maintain the safety of the people present within the building. This can take a number of different forms: in some cases, it involves restricting access to certain areas of the building, while on other occasions, it may necessitate removal and subsequent repair and renovations.
Refurbishment and demolition
If refurbishment, renovations or demolition are scheduled to take place in an older building, it’s critical to determine whether asbestos may be present. Materials featuring asbestos weren’t completely eliminated from Australian construction practices until the early 1990s, so it’s important to carry out asbestos testing and take the necessary precautions as soon as possible if it is discovered to be present.
Here at GBAR, we are experts in assisting clients from all sectors, ranging from large-scale commercial settings to individual private residences.
- Civil and construction
- Facilities management
- Commercial services
Get in touch with the asbestos audit experts today
With more than two decades of experience in the industry, GBAR Group is known and respected nationally for its skill in asbestos management. We’re fully certified and able to conduct the relevant asbestos surveys and audit reports, conducting removal and remediation as necessary. We are also unwavering in our commitment to your safety. We understand the risks of working with asbestos, and accordingly, do everything within our power to keep your team safe.
So why not get in touch with the team today? We can provide you with a free quote on your asbestos testing, helping provide you with the assurance you need around your building.