ASBESTOS MANAGEMNT SERVICES
Sampling & Consulting
The only definitive way to find out if Asbestos is present in a building product is to get a sample tested by an independent accredited laboratory. Zero Fibres will come to your site, take a sample using the correct procedures as outlined under the new Worksafe guidelines, send the sample off then report back with either a positive or negative result with recommendations for moving forward.
Zero Fibres hold the current certificates and up to date equipment to perform all types of Asbestos Removal ranging from bonded ACM to Friable Asbestos (friable meaning any ACM that can easily be crushed or crumbled thereby releasing airborne fibres).
An independent asbestos assessor signs off on all removal as per Worksafe Guidelines.
Zero Fibres is a New Zealand owned asbestos removal company specialising in the commonly used and once termed 'miracle fibre' that is called Asbestos. With changes to The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 it is now becoming an all too familiar word that not many people know much about. Our objective is to educate and manage ACM (asbestos containing materials) in your workplace and homes. Exposure to airborne asbestos fibres can be harmful to all of us but in many cases ACM products do not form a hazard until they have been disturbed or disrupted.
Asbestos Containing Materials were used for a number of different products in the construction of buildings from the 1940's up to and including the 1980's. What sets Zero Fibres apart from other consulting and so called Asbestos Specialists is that our director Joe Fenton is a qualified builder with the company holding both A and B Class Removal licenses from Worksafe. Joe has worked on a number of large scale sites including Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and the Bay of Plenty.
A Class Projects Completed
B Class Projects Completed
WHAT IS ASBESTOS?Asbestos is a highly-fibrous, naturally-occurring mineral. It is notable for its fire and heat-resistant properties, which is why it was used widely as a building material. Combined with other materials, asbestos was used for decades in the manufacture of insulation and many other products that required a high heat resistance. Asbestos-based products were used widely in both residential and commercial construction in New Zealand from the 1920s to the 1980s. Asbestos was used up until 2000 in some other products as well, so any building constructed before that year could have asbestos containing products.
WHAT DOES ASBESTOS LOOK LIKE?There are a number of different types of asbestos with different looks, varying in colour and fibre-shape, but any asbestos that you are likely to come into contact with is also normally combined with other materials (such as cement), which can make it difficult to identify by sight. If you suspect that there may be material in your home that contains asbestos, it’s a good idea to have it assessed by a professional laboratory.
IS ASBESTOS DANGEROUS TO HUMAN HEALTH?Yes - especially if damaged. Damaged, old, or degraded asbestos products crumble easily, and the needle-like asbestos fibres can then become airborne. The individual fibres are far to small to see with the naked eye. If people are in the same area, it's easy for them to inhale the asbestos fibres, which can stay airborne for hours or days. When inhaled, asbestos fibres will lodge in the lining of the lungs (or other parts of your body) and can cause lung-scarring and other health problems, including incurable lung cancer. Symptoms of the health problems caused by asbestos inhalation often do not appear until 15–20 (or even more) years after exposure, making it easy to underestimate the danger.
WHERE MIGHT I COME INTO CONTACT WITH ASBESTOS?Asbestos can be present in many construction materials used before the dangers of asbestos were realized and regulations put in place to stop the import of asbestos containing products. These products can include vinyl floor coverings, sprayed fire protection, insulation, wall cladding, textured coating (stipple or whisper), bitumen roofing membranes, roof tiles, paints, adhesives, and more. Depending on the age and construction of your home or workplace, one or more of these products could be present in your building.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK HAVE ASBESTOS IN MY HOME OR COMMERCIAL BUILDING?If you suspect your home or commercial building may contain asbestos materials, it’s best to have it assessed by professionals to see if it may pose a health risk, which is where Zero Fibres can help. Lab testing may be needed to confirm the presence of asbestos. If the asbestos is undamaged and is left alone, it will not pose a major health hazard. The risk occurs when asbestos materials are damaged in some way, which releases asbestos fibres into the air. The asbestos fibres are then in a dangerous state as they can be inhaled by unprotected persons. Professional assessment of an environment that contains asbestos may reveal problems with the air quality, in which case the asbestos in your building will definitely need to be removed. Where is it safe to do so, all asbestos needs to be removed from any building before or as part of the refurbishment or demolition process. This removal needs to be performed by a licensed asbestos removal company like Zero Fibres, who can take proper measures to minimise dust generation from the asbestos removal process.
I HAVE A BUILDING DUE TO BE REFURBISHED OR DEMOLISHED, AND IT CONTAINS ASBESTOS – WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?"Where is it safe to do so, all asbestos needs to be removed from any building before or as part of the demolition process. This removal needs to be performed by a licensed asbestos removal company, such as Zero Fibres. If you are planning on carrying out refurbishment or demolition of your building, the chances are that you need to have an asbestos refurbishment and demolition survey carried out before you start this process! For details and advice regarding these surveys, contact Zero Fibres today.
WHY CHOOSE ZERO FIBRES TO COMPLETE MY ASBESTOS REMOVAL?Free quotes and advice Proven industry experience with all types of asbestos removal A professional team offering an unparalleled level of service Maximum safety at affordable prices
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