Asbestos is a naturally occurring material that was widely used in building materials up to 1987. It is commonly found in materials such as roofing, shingles and siding, fencing, exterior wall cladding, backing material on floor tiles and vinyl flooring, textured paints, and water or flue pipes.
Generally a person cannot determine whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it. If in doubt, and the material was installed prior to 1988, treat the suspect material as though it does contain asbestos.
When disposing of asbestos you may wish to either seek a professional asbestos removalist or alternatively you could follow these steps:
- Separate asbestos-containing products from other material for disposal.
- Wrap or contain asbestos-containing products with heavy duty plastic so fibres are not released when being transported.
- Label or mark the package with the words CAUTION ASBESTOS (or similar) in letters no less than 50 millimetres high.
Asbestos-containing material must be disposed of at a site licensed to accept asbestos waste by the Department of Environment and Conservation under the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
The closest facility to Mundaring that is licensed to accept asbestos waste is the Red Hill Waste Management Facility, Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup (9574 6235).
Wet everything down to reduce the number of airborne fibres.
Use tools with dust suppression or extraction capabilities.
Use vacuum equipment designed to extract asbestos fibres or sweep up any dust residues after thoroughly wetting down.
Wear protective equipment including a respirator (P1 or P2 type), disposable coveralls, safety glasses and disposable gloves.
Use high pressure water hoses or compressed air to clean asbestos sheets.
Break or damage asbestos materials
Use power tools on asbestos materials.
For further information please refer to the Shire's Asbestos - Information Sheet.