Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in the surface of the earth. It contains strong fibres that have excellent durability, fire resistance and insulating properties. Asbestos fibres are 50 to 200 times thinner than a human hair, can float in the air for a long time, can be invisible to the naked eye and can be breathed into the lungs. When inhaled into the lungs, asbestos fibres are not expelled or absorbed by the body, and have the potential to cause lung cancer, and asbestosis.
In the past, asbestos was mined from the ground and manufactured into many different materials. Materials containing asbestos were very common in the Australian construction industry between the 1940s and late 1980s before production using asbestos stopped.
Whilst most people commonly identify weatherboard sheeting and particles as asbestos, it can be found in carpet underlays, vinyl tiles, glues and adhesives, pipe lagging and insulations, switch boards and meter boards, flanges and gaskets, brake linings and other automotive consumables.
Handled incorrectly, Asbestos is dangerous to both the people handling the materials, and innocent members of the public such as neighbouring properties within the vicinity of the work. The associated risk of improper handling is not a risk worth taking.
Macquarie Environmental Projects Pty Ltd has the specialist equipment and expertise to handle any asbestos removal and disposal project, and offer extremely competitive disposal rates.
When dealing with asbestos it is important to understand the product, and the associated risk, as well having the specialist equipment and personnel to deliver the results you are after. Macquarie engage third party air quality monitoring consultants for every asbestos project we deliver, and provide written verification of clearance certification for your reference.
Our expansive fleet of excavation equipment is fitted with speciality cabin filters designed for working in asbestos effected atmospheres, and all our staff from management through to our operators are trained in the safe handling of asbestos, and have a thorough knowledge of the working with asbestos guidelines.