Real estate agents, landlords and homeowners of Mr Fluffy houses will have a better understanding of their obligations in regards to asbestos management, duty of disclosure, documentation with the release of new asbestos guidance material for the ACT real estate sector.
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The asbestos removal work has now finished and the demolition of the house will start shortly. As a precaution, the timber frames and bricks that are left in the house have been heavily sprayed with a PVA solution. This binds any microscopic fibres that may be left onto these surfaces so that they cannot be released into the air. Then, as a double precaution, these building materials (and some of the soil around the house) will be treated as asbestos waste and disposed of according to strict guidelines.
The asbestos removal work commenced on Wednesday 07 August 2013. The removal is deliberate and detailed but progressing well. The third phase of the removal process, involves the removal of the lining of the house and lifting the floor boards, so the sub-floor space can be cleaned.
The installation of the containment sheeting has progressed well this week, and it is expected that this work will be completed early next week.
The containment system under construction under the canvas weather protection.
The decontamination facilities and Negative Exhaust Pressure Units have been installed.
It is anticipated that the integrity of the containment system will be smoke tested mid next week.
If the asbestos assessor is satisfied that the containment system is sealed and fit for purpose then the asbestos removal work will commence.
Initially this will involve the removal of the loose fill asbestos insulation from the
There have been delays on the site due to inclement weather and as a result the containment system will be installed next week.
It is important to note that the plastic sheeting utilised for containment will be underneath the scaffolding and timber framework. Residents will not actually see “a bubble”. What will be seen is the tarpaulin cover over the roof which is there to protect the plastic sheeting from the weather. (The images display the outer protective tarpaulin for the containment system.)
Outer canvas shell for weather protection
Once the containment sheeting is finished, a decontamination unit and
The ACT Work Safety Commissioner announced on 1 July 2013 that work would be commencing on the removal of loose-fill asbestos insulation from a house in Downer. This house was missed during the Loose Asbestos Insulation Removal Program which operated from 1988-1993.
Loose-fill asbestos insulation is an example of friable asbestos and this is what was found in this house. This form of asbestos poses greater health risks than other forms of asbestos and the Government is therefore ensuring that this asbestos is
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