November is Asbestos Awareness Month and it’s timely to remember not to play Russian roulette with the lives of yourself, your family and wider community when dealing with material that poses great health and environmental risks.
If you use the appropriate safety precautions, you are permitted to remove a maximum of 10 square metres of bonded asbestos in NSW. However, if removing more than 10 square metres, you MUST either hire a qualified asbestos removalist or obtain a NSW WorkCover bonded asbestos removal licence.
Asbestos waste can only be disposed of at specific landfills and in the Liverpool Plains Shire, Quirindi Waste Disposal Centre is the only licenced receival centre. Call Jim White on 0427 236 081 with at least 24 hours’ notice to make arrangements.
Ensure asbestos waste has been wetted, wrapped in 200um (0.2mm) thick plastic, and sealed with tape before it is transported to a landfill site that may lawfully receive the waste. It must be clearly labelled as “asbestos waste” and must be transported in a covered, leak-proof vehicle.
When working with asbestos there are a number of safety precautions you will need to undertake including wearing approved protective clothing, the correct mask (not all masks are safe) or breathing apparatus.
To learn more information about working safely with asbestos visit SafeWork NSW - https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/hazards-a-z/asbestos.
Environment Protection Authority (EPA) – go to http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/managewaste/house-asbestos.htm for information dealing with household asbestos, it explains the two types of asbestos, what to do if you find asbestos, finding fibro in soil at home, where to dispose of asbestos, legal requirements for managing household asbestos waste, packaging and storing asbestos and transporting and disposing of asbestos.
Waste transporters are required to report the movement of more than 100 kilograms of asbestos waste or more than 10 square metres of asbestos sheeting within NSW to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
Remember: If the asbestos is in powder form or can be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to powder by hand pressure when dry, it must be removed by an asbestos removal contractor with a friable asbestos licence.
Asbestos Awareness Month is proudly supported by LPSC.