Asbestos Testing

 
Buying a new house or renovating? At Vision Building Reports, we provide thorough asbestos testing to ensure the property is safe. Even a small exposure to asbestos can cause respiratory issues, so having the property tested for asbestos is the best way to ensure you and your family will have peace of mind. Our testing methods are detailed, effective and in compliance with current Australian standards.

Asbestos is Common in Most Buildings Built Before the 1970’s. Asbestos has not been used in domestic building materials since the 1980’s but it was not until 31 December 2003 that asbestos and all products containing asbestos were banned throughout Australia. The ban does not apply to asbestos installed prior to this date (e.g. asbestos in houses).

It is therefore held that if your home was built or renovated before 1990, it is likely that it contains some form of asbestos building product - most likely asbestos cement sheeting.

Independent Asbestos Testing


Our company only tests asbestos. We do not remove asbestos so when you have an inspection by Vision Building Reports you can be assured that we are acting in your best interests.

NATA Certified Asbestos Testing and Written Report

All our samples are laboratory tested under the NATA specifications and you are provided with a certified written report.

Licensed and Insured Asbestos Testing


Vision Building Reports Inspections are licensed and insured asbestos testers.

What Parts of Your Building May Contain Asbestos?

Asbestos is a very hardy material, so it was used in a great deal of common building materials including floor and ceiling tiles; roofing; paneling; wall sheeting; building insulation; electrical insulation materials; plumbing insulation such as “lagging” on pipes, cement and coating products; heat-resistant fabrics and many other applications too.

Why Have Your Building Tested for Asbestos if You’re Buying or Renovating

Asbestos is at it’s most dangerous when it is airborne and it becomes airborne when it is disturbed by someone repairing or renovating the area that contains asbestos. If you intend to buy a home then you will probably renovate and certainly repair that building at some stage in the future. If you are not aware of the presence of asbestos, you may not be able to do what you would like to do with the new building or else incur huge and unknown costs removing the asbestos.

Why is Asbestos a Prohibited Material in Australia?

Asbestos is unsafe and potentially fatal in the long term. Crushed, pulverised or powdered asbestos can easily become airborne and enter the body through inhalation and the damage is irreversible.

Asbestos has been proven to contribute to the development of several severe health conditions including Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer and associated lung problems.

Government Information on Safe Handling

For further information about the safe handling of asbestos please follow these links.

WorkSafe:
https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/injury-prevention-safety/asbestos

ASBESTOS REGISTER AND MANAGEMENT PLANS

In addition to asbestos testing, Vision Building Reports also offers asbestos registers and management plans for business owners and workplace managers.

Workplaces must comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Acts and their related Regulations, in their State. Work safety authorities in each state have issued Compliance Codes to provide practical guidance to those who have duties or obligations under the OHS Act and Regulations, in particular persons with management control of workplaces.

These Codes generally advise on the responsibilities of workplace managers, including how to safely manage and arrange for the safe removal of asbestos in the workplace.

Further information about the requirements of Managers of Workplaces can be found at: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/