How Can Demolition Services in Melbourne Help Remove Asbestos?

Section 274” of the Work Health and Safety Act (the WHS Act) includes different codes of practices to ensure the safety of the personnel involved in carrying out occupational duties. One of these codes of practices is “How to Safely Remove Asbestos”.

Now, the fact that the activity of removing asbestos from the buildings has a place in this legislation is enough to prove that the asbestos is really harmful. Though it is banned in many countries, the structures in which it was used earlier contain the asbestos even today, and while tearing down such structures or buildings, workmen follow the rules and implement the safe and efficient procedures to get rid of this toxic substance. We have several years of experience in dealing with asbestos while conducting demolition in Melbourne.

What is Asbestos?

  • It is a group of 6 naturally occurring fibrous minerals, which is in existence since long and is quite inexpensive.
  • Due to its properties such as resistance to fire, heat & electricity, sound absorption, tensile strength, etc., it was excessively used in construction, automobile, and other industries till the end of the 20th century.
  • Realizing its hazardous nature, governments of several countries started to ban asbestos.
  • At present, it is used in infrastructure projects and other areas, only in the countries, where it is still legal.
  • But even if you live in the country which has imposed a ban, you are likely to find its presence if your property belongs to the pre-2000 era.

How and what type of asbestos is harmful?

It has been proved that inhaling the fibres of asbestos can lead to lung, ovary, larynx & gastrointestinal cancer. And therefore, it is always advisable to hire only expert contractors for demolition services in Melbourne, who are aware of the arrangements to be made and the precautions to be taken so that this dangerous material doesn’t contaminate the air in your home or office.

The aforementioned 6 silicate minerals can be grouped as below:

1) Serpentines – It consists of Chrysotile or White Asbestos.

2) Amphiboles – It consists of Amosite (Brown), Crocidolite (Blue), Anthophyllite, Tremolite and Actinolite (Green) Asbestos.

Industries based in the countries in which asbestos is still legal, use Chrysotile, i.e., white asbestos, with the argument that it is different than the other types and if inhaled gets broken down in the lungs, thereby posing no health risk. But, it has to be used correctly.

How is Asbestos handled while Demolition in Melbourne?

Workmen engaged in the task of removing asbestos need to have one of the following two licences:

1)  Class A: For removing Friable Asbestos, i.e., asbestos, which is either in powder form or can be powdered.

2)  Class B: For removing Non-Friable Asbestos.

Without a licence, only limited quantity of asbestos (non-friable) can be removed.

We are equipped with required licences and methods to remove the asbestos from the buildings during demolition. Our team uses specialized tools which suit the size of the property and takes all safety-related measures to complete the task. We also make sure that the residents in the neighbourhood are not affected.

Onspot Demolition Melbourne can handle residential, commercial, and industrial projects of all sizes and kinds throughout Melbourne including suburb regions. To build your dream house or office, it is imperative to demolish the existing one, and to consult us for that, call at 0416 610 105 or write to us on