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GMA has carried out safe asbestos disposal across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. We’ve got a 24-hour call-out service, so we’re available any time, and our shiny fleet of trucks, excavators, vacuums and forklifts are all OHS-approved. Trust us, we’ve seen it all: asbestos in roofs, walls and cladding, asbestos-contaminated soil, silica dust, bad boiler flues. Whatever the problem, we can whip up a quote within 24-hours, and we’ll beat any competitor’s price by 10%.

Check out some of our most frequently asked questions below…

Removing Asbestos

Commercial FAQ’s

How do I know if there’s asbestos in my worksite?

If your property was built before 1987, there’s a pretty good chance it contains asbestos. Before starting renovations, demolition or any large-scale work, it’s best to commission a thorough site audit – just in case.

Can you inspect for asbestos?

We specialise in commercial asbestos removal, but we can also arrange an inspection from a qualified Asbestos Hygienist. They’ll come and collect samples, and then send those samples away for testing. If they find asbestos on-site, we’ll remove it safely for you.

Where should I look for asbestos?

Friable and non-friable asbestos were used for all sorts of industrial odd jobs. Asbestos can generally be found in furnace or boiler insulation, roofing, walls, bathrooms, kitchens, soundproofing materials and contaminated soil.

How quickly can you remove commercial asbestos?

It depends on the type and amount of asbestos. If you find friable asbestos, we’ll need to notify Worksafe at least five days before removal. Our qualified team can perform on-site asbestos removal 24/7, and we’re happy to work around your schedule. Give us a call on 03 9689 9999 to discuss your options.

Domestic FAQ’s

How do I find asbestos in my home?

It’s not always possible to identify asbestos just by looking at it. If you find something you think might be asbestos, the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) can provide details of accredited labs in your area. We can also arrange for a qualified Asbestos Hygienist to come and collect samples for testing.

What if I’m planning a renovation?

If your house was built before 1987, it’s safer to assume it contains some asbestos. Make sure you inform tradesman that come to the house, and contact a specialised removalist (like GMA) as soon as you can.

Can I handle asbestos myself?

Definitely not. Asbestos removal can only be carried out by licensed Class-A or Class-B removalists, like GMA.

General Asbestos Removal FAQ’s

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a group of naturally-occurring fibrous silicate materials, and it was used a lot in the Australian building industry between the 1940s and 1980s. It was commonly used in roofing tiles, fibro boards, fences and commercial-grade insulation.

Do you inspect for Asbestos?

We don’t do the inspections ourselves – you’ll need a qualified Asbestos Hygienist for that – but we can arrange an inspection for you, and liaise with all the relevant authorities.

Can I remove asbestos myself?

Definitely not. Asbestos should only be handled and disposed of by a licensed Class-A or Class-B asbestos removalist. Please never try to remove asbestos yourself.

How dangerous is asbestos?

In short, very dangerous. When asbestos fibres become airborne, they can be inhaled, and this can cause serious medical problems, including lung cancer and even death. It’s not something you want in your home or anywhere near your worksite.

What license is required to remove asbestos?

Anyone removing asbestos in Victoria needs either a Class-A or Class-B license. They generally also need to notify Worksafe before carrying out any asbestos removal. Class-A removals include friable asbestos, non-friable asbestos and asbestos-contaminated dust. Class-B removals are only licensed for non-friable asbestos and asbestos-contaminated dust. You can learn more about asbestos removal licenses here.

How much does it cost to remove asbestos?

It’s hard to say without knowing the scale of the contamination. The best thing to do is ring us for a quote. We can give you a figure within 24-hours and will beat any competitor’s price by 10%.

Should asbestos be removed?

The short answer, as you may have guessed, is yes. Especially if the sheets are deteriorating and asbestos fibres are being dispersed into the air. If the asbestos is non-friable (which means bonded and embedded in concrete) the danger is less immediate, but you should still get the asbestos removed as soon as possible.

How do I know if my site has asbestos?

The only way to know for sure is to get a licensed asbestos inspection and look at samples under a microscope. Having said that, it’s always better to err on the cautious side. If you think you may have found asbestos, contact us to organise a site inspection. Better safe than sorry.

How long does silica dust stay in the air?

It depends how much dust is being produced. The mandatory limit for silica dust exposure in Australia is 0.1mg/m3 averaged over an eight hour day. You can find plenty of good advice, and practical safety tips, on Worksafe’s website, or call GMA for more information.

Is silica dust combustible?

Generally no. Silica dust is inert, which means it shouldn’t burn or pose a fire risk. However, it’s often hard to know exactly what constitutes dust on a worksite, and many other particles are combustible. If in doubt, carry out a licensed air quality inspection.

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