Sydney City Asbestos Pty. Ltd. is Sydney’s most trusted asbestos removal company. Specialising in asbestos removal and disposal, we provide a safe & secure asbestos removal service for both residential homes and business premises. With projects ranging in size from removing a single sheet of contaminated cement right up to the complete stripping of a home, Sydney City Asbestos is the only call you’ll ever need to make to comply with regulations for asbestos removal in Australia and to keep your family safe from toxic airborne asbestos fibres.
All our staff hold current asbestos removal tickets and have undertaken all available training courses in asbestos remediation. We services the Sydney Metro area, Hills District, the North Coast, the Illawarra, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains, and Regional NSW.
Sydney City Asbestos is owned and operated by Shawn Gjuratic, and our bonded asbestos removal license number is 210152AS2. Shawn is also the nominated asbestos removal supervisor for the company, and hence is present at every project at hand. Thus guaranteeing the service provided.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral silicate that belongs to the amphibole and serpentine rock-forming families. Included in this family are anthophyllite, amosite, crocidolite, actinolite, tremolite and chrysotile.
Is it dangerous?
Medical evidence has conclusively demonstrated that if a person is exposed for an extended period of time to airborn asbestos fibers, they have a statically increased likelihood of developing a number of fatal diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Typically there is a lengthy latency period between exposure to asbestos and the onset of one or more of the related diseases. Something which leads scientists to believe the apex of asbestos related deaths in Australia has not actually peaked. This despite the fact that asbestos is a banned substance and in-situ asbestos is covered by stringent control and management procedures by Australian law.
Asbestos in Australia
Though asbestos has been used by humans as far back as 4,500 years ago (evidence discovered in the Lake Juojärvi region in remote parts of Eastern Finland revealed cooking utensils and earthenware pots made with anthophyllite), Australia first started mining it in New South Wales (1880 to 1939). When the mines closed down in NSW, Wittenoom in Western Australia (1937 – 1966) became the major source of asbestos mining in the country. The asbestos market in Australia was, before world war II, worth in excess of $1,000,000 a year, and the various related industries in its manufacture provided many thousands of jobs. And with Australia (and the world) still recovering from the turmoil of the Great Depression, the idea of losing these jobs because of the ‘rumoured’ health risks associated with asbestos fibre was deemed laughable. This remember was an age where doctors actually prescribed cigarettes to people suffering from anxiety and stress, as a way of ‘calming their nerves’. So the chances of the medical community providing enough quantifiable evidence to stop the mining and manufacture of asbestos due to its inherent dangers, was negligible at best. During the twentieth century Australia also imported numerous products which contained asbestos such as millboard, yarn, cement articles and fabric. Australia also imported amosite and chrysotile from South Africa and Canada respectively, with the imported tonnage per year peaking at 71,000 in 1975. While the importation of asbestos related products was common during this period, over 90% of all consumption of asbestos fibre and over 60% of all production of asbestos fibre came about due to the asbestos cement manufacturing industry. Between 1945 and 1954, over 70,000 houses in New South Wales alone were built using asbestos cement. And in 1954 Australia was credited with having the 4th largest use of asbestos cement products in the world, after the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France.
The Asbestos Industry
In 1996 the World Health Organisation (WHO) began working with multiple governmental organisations in a concerted effort to eliminate asbestos related diseases, with a large part of their strategy involving the control and management of asbestos around the world. Unfortunately despite the World Health Organisation’s best efforts, and countless reams of medical and scientific information on the inherent dangers asbestos brings, consumption and production of it continues to this day in many countries (though bans have been adopted by over 40 countries around the world, including Australia).
Millions of Australians have been exposed to Asbestos related products. Workers employed in certain industries (such as the asbestos cement industry for example) have been particularly at risk in years past, with employees forced to breathe in as much as 25,000,000 fibrous particles per cubic foot every time they went to work. In the late ‘70s, as the health risks of working with asbestos became more apparent, a raft of Australian governmental regulations were introduced limiting human exposure to 0.1 fibres per ml for amosite and crocidolite, and 1.0 fibres per ml for chrysolite. And in mid-2003, the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission revised the chrysotile level down to 0.1 fibers per ml in line with other asbestos related regulations. The National Occupational Health and Safety Commission officially banned any and all uses of chrysotile asbestos from December 31, 2003, and re-stated the earlier bans on the use of crocidolite and amosite. This ban does not, at time of writing, extend to in situ asbestos (which is subject to an extremely limited range of exemptions to the ban). But the Australian National Occupational Health and Safety Commission advises that the immediate removal of all in-situ asbestos from residential and business premises is ‘HIGHLY RECOMMENDED’ due to its ‘INHERENT HEALTH DANGERS’.
The cost of removing asbestos from your home or place of business is dependent upon a great many variables. Variables that make offering a quote without seeing the actual property in question, extremely difficult. For more information on the potential cost factors involved, please give us a call today 0405 610 006.
Sydney City Asbestos Removals offer a detailed inspection of your residential or business premises to fully ascertain your asbestos removal requirements. This inspection is priced at $250.00 plus GST and is the ideal way to measure the exposure and potential danger present. To book an inspection, or for more information, please call 0405 610 006.
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT US
DANIEL: Peace of Mind: ”When dealing with a dangerous product like asbestos you do not want to cut any corners, you want the job done correctly for your own safety. And if it came down to me having to pay a little bit extra I would be happy to do so. This business removed theasbestossheeting from my garage and did so extremely cautiously and for doing such a professional job they deserve this positive review. Would recommend to anyone.”
TONY: Fast, reliable response: ”We had some broken asbestos sheets that needed to be removed from our property immediately and Shawn came to our property within two hours of calling him and removed the asbestos and cleaned the area very thoroughly, very very happy with these guys.”
WILLIAM: Safety Number One: ”Asbestos sheets were removed surgically with minimal breakage. Site was well contained and completely controlled. Highly recommended team of professionals.”
SANDY: Very Professional and Very Clean: ”Shawn and the team removed the walls in our bathroom and laundry and did so very professionally, and left the area extremely clean. They were also very friendly and comforting. Thanks again guys!”
IVANA: Hassle free, Clean & very informative: ”Our garage was removed very cleanly, no mess was left in our backyard, and there were no problems with the work. And the guys were happy to answer and questions and gave us some good adivce.”
MICHAEL: Reliable and Honest team: ”Very reliable & honest team, thanks again. Highly recommended.”