I attended a lunchtime session on Friday to find out what exactly has been going on with the OSH Harmonisation since I last looked. Well here in WA (The Wait Awhile state) nothing has happened. “No! how on earth can that be”? I hear you asking. It was all meant to be done and dusted by 01st January 2012. Not so – the saga is continuing.
You will need a utility knife, putty, amended water, plastic sheeting, bags for disposal and duct tape. Make sure these are all located together and so you don’t have to leave the room and chance spreading asbestos elsewhere in the home.
Recently, I had such a project that before I knew it became a monster which I though would never be tamed. Because of a water main problem, I had water damage in my basement. As I started to remove the damaged material, there just seemed to be no stopping point. Not one that would lend itself to any conscionable way to match old to new any way. Before I realized it, I was in for a complete remodel of my basement which went way beyond what a normal remodel usually would encompass.
If you have concerns about the materials used in the construction of your home or office area, you can perform an asbestos test. There is no way to tell if a material contains asbestos just by looking at it. You need to use a specially designed test to get an accurate read out. The tests are done through labs across the U.S. The first step is to contact the lab that will do the test for you and find out what type of sample they need.
The EPA recommends the piece be tested using polarized light microscopy or PLM. There are three types of asbestos generally found in buildings, chrysotile, amosite and crocidolite. Chrysotile is the most common and is about 95 percent of the asbestos that is found. If the building you are testing is positive for high amounts you will need to see about the types of demolition companies brisbane jobs available for you to use.
Normally, these checks would require your signature as well as the contractor’s for the company to cash it. Back to Read Everything, the contractor I dealt with initially included a clause in their “Oh it’s just so we can start work” form that allowed them to cash the two party check without my signature. Needless to say, when they didn’t do the job I expected them to, I had no leverage whatsoever to make things right.
Remember, anyone you pay must be an asbestos removal professional. Asbestos are toxic so do not try to move or repair them on your own. Hire an inspector to help you determine what is best to be done. Make sure the inspector is from a different company than your contractor. Label and shut off the work area so no one walks in by mistake. Follow all the federal, state, and local regulations and get everything you need from the inspector and contractor in writing. Now you should know all you need to go and solve your asbestos problem.