As a silent killer that's sometimes easy to ignore, asbestos is the cause of multiple respiratory deaths across Australia. Statistically, Australia has the world's second highest mesothelioma death rate, which is a form of cancer with a strong asbestos link.
If you are running a small business and you want to keep your workers safe, you may need to start your asbestos testing journey. Understanding more about it can help you protect yourself, and your workers.
Contact a professional to clarify your asbestos testing requirements
The Internet is awash with information regarding asbestos testing. However, it's often difficult to differentiate between what's fact and what's fiction. As historical building regulations vary between states, it's always worth seeking professional advice.
With enough detail, an asbestos professional can determine whether your building falls into the at-risk category. From there, they can either decide to perform tests or to not intervene.
Start a smaller asbestos testing procedure for suspect materials
If the professional you speak to feels as though your property may contain suspect materials, they can begin performing tests that identify its presence. With the right tools, they can remove samples from your property and take them away to a laboratory to highlight the presence of asbestos.
Using these procedures is a highly accurate way of detecting the material's presence in your building. If you would rather ensure it is there before performing work that could disturb it and disseminate it through the air, it's also the safest way of protecting your workforce.
Consider air monitoring services for peace of mind
If your premises does require asbestos removal, continuous air monitoring is sometimes a legal requirement. Additionally, it'll provide peace of mind. While the majority of removal professionals will successfully complete the work, sometimes fibres may remain in the air.
Monitoring equipment ensures that residual fibres are below dangerous levels, they assure you that there are no further leaks from other areas, and they allow you to continue working in areas once the removal process finishes. Additionally, some companies also provide equipment that will test your workers and their exposure, giving them an opportunity to approach a medical professional for further advice.
As a small business owner, your asbestos testing journey should always begin with approaching a professional for guidance. From there, they can determine the most appropriate measures for keeping your company safe, while maintaining its operational requirements. Always communicate with the person providing advice throughout the procedure, and make yourself aware of any asbestos disease-related symptoms when necessary.