Exposure to asbestos fibres can be very dangerous at workplaces as most people spend a major part of the day there. It is important to make a place of work safer for everyone. Identifying asbestos presence in your place of work is the first step. NCPI has years of experience in the asbestos inspection industry in Australia. We are known for our expertise in screening and sampling properties for asbestos.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral
Asbestos can typically be found in rock, sediment or soil. It is made up of millions of fibres that cannot be seen with the naked eye. These fibres are strong and heat resistant, thus have good insulating properties.
Asbestos inspection has been commonly done in building materials
Due to its heat and corrosion resistance properties, asbestos was regularly included in most building materials up until the mid to late 1980s.
Asbestos was known to be used in more than 3,000 different products like brakes, clutches, gaskets, flue pipes, drains, gutters and roofs.
It was also imported and included in plant and equipment manufactured up to 2003 in Australia. It is currently illegal to make it, use it or even import it from another country as on 31 December 2003 a total ban on asbestos came into effect in Australia. Asbestos, however, is still commonly used in some countries.
Asbestos awareness in your work environment
If you are in control of or manage a workplace, understanding the health and safety requirements for managing and removing asbestos is necessary.
You have a responsibility to protect anyone that works with asbestos at the workplace.
Follow a basic checklist on how to work safely with asbestos set out by the Australian government statutory body.
Asbestos can become a health risk
When asbestos fibres are released into the air and breathed in, it can be very dangerous. Persons who get asbestos-related health problems have usually been exposed to high levels of asbestos for a long time. The symptoms tend to appear only 20 to 30 years after initial exposure. With an increase in the number of fibres being inhaled, the risk of contracting diseases increases.
Persons in work and at industries dealing with construction, railroad, automotive and shipbuilding are more likely to be at risk. Drywall removers, firefighters and demolition teams are other groups of at-risk workers.
Prolonged exposure and inhaling asbestos fibres can cause any of the following diseases.
- Lung cancer – small cell and non-small cell lung cancer. Though only a small percentage of lung cancer cases are primarily linked to asbestos, exposure to asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer in smokers and non-smokers.
- Asbestosis – long-term inflammation and scarring of the lungs. Asbestosis symptoms can range from mild to severe. Shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and tightness of the chest are some of the symptoms.
- Mesothelioma – a malignant tumour. This is a tumour that forms in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. The symptoms can include shortness of breath and chest pain.
Get an Asbestos Inspection done
It is not always easy to tell if a material used at the workplace contains asbestos just by looking at it. Getting an asbestos inspection of the property done is the best way to confirm the asbestos presence and the levels of asbestos.
The experts at NCPI have expertise in asbestos inspection, testing and analysis. Our asbestos reporting will provide you with all identified asbestos levels in the workplace. To protect the wellbeing of your employees give our testing specialists a call today on 0413 952 683 or get in touch with us at