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Concerns behind the Need for an Asbestos Audit in Sydney

Because some people have developed asbestos-related lung disease, such as asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma, after inhaling asbestos fibers an asbestos audit in Sydney is an important step in tracking hazardous building materials. Asbestos-related disease is generally associated with long-term exposure to asbestos in a work environment. As it is still difficult to determine the level of exposure that may cause health effects, exposure to asbestos fibers or dust containing asbestos fibers should always be kept to a minimum.

The initial and major risk was to workers, their families and surrounding areas of the mines due to working with raw materials. The second and less known is the building workers that worked with this material. All asbestos sheeting contained varying degrees of asbestos, but usually 7-12 % only. The rest of the material was sand and cement, or resins. There is now concern with the 'third wave', which is people who have undertaken substantial renovations of a house that contained asbestos. It is unknown the degree of exposure for a person to contract mesothelioma, which is why you need an asbestos survey in Sydney.

When asbestos is in good condition, it's not an immediate risk. Asbestos particles are dangerous when the sheets become 'friable', which is either broken pieces or when the material has degraded to a state when it can be broken by hand. The microscopic particles become airborne and can enter the lungs. The sheets become more brittle with age and exposed surfaces will weather and allow loose fibers to be exposed. For these reasons an inspection and audit in Sydney should be undertaken, not only to identify the presence of asbestos but also its condition and risks. Damaged surfaces should never be hosed down or water pressure cleaned as it releases the fibers.

Asbestos fibers may be found either firmly or loosely bound in many products once used in the Australian building industry. Flat or corrugated sheeting (commonly called 'fibro' or 'AC sheeting' including flat interior wall linings and tiles in the bathroom, laundry and kitchen) Water or flue pipe  insulation, siding, imitation brick cladding which is fixed to AC sheets, all these applications require an asbestos audit in Sydney to track and ultimately dispose of. For the safety of the workers and the public, professional, highly trained and licensed asbestos removal crews, use the asbestos audits to identify and safely dispose of the hazardous materials.

Asbestos-related diseases often have a long delay or lag period – usually 20 to 40 years between your initial exposure and the onset of symptoms. Asbestos disease can appear or progress even after you are no longer exposed.

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