What is asbestos?
Asbestos is the generic name for a number of mineral fibres found in rock formations.
Because of its strength, durability and fire resistance, asbestos was used in the past in construction and other industries, and it was added to a variety of products.
What does asbestos look like?
Because asbestos was often mixed with other substances, it is very difficult to visually identify.
The only way to know for certain if asbestos is present is to have testing done by a properly accredited asbestos laboratory.
Where might asbestos be found?
Buildings constructed before 2000 may have asbestos or asbestos-containing material (ACM).
Download these 2 diagrams from Worksafe:
- Download the Worksafe diagrams: “Where asbestos might be found in a New Zealand industrial building and in a New Zealand house” (370Kb .pdf)
You can also check out this additional resource from Worksafe:
What are the risks surrounding asbestos?
Asbestos is dangerous when its fibres are disturbed, released into the air and then inhaled.
Health studies indicate that breathing high levels of asbestos fibres can lead to an increased risk of certain types of lung cancers – but if asbestos fibres are properly enclosed within a product, then there are no significant health risks.
How can BRS help with asbestos?
We can remove all types of asbestos material from all commercial, industrial and residential properties in New Zealand.
Our asbestos services include:
- Asbestos surveys, testing and analysis
- Removal of asbestos from roofing, wall sheeting, fences, tiles and other materials (including putty, electrical boards and tape)
- Removal of asbestos pipe lagging and re-insulation
- Remediation of asbestos and other contaminants in soil
- Repair or encapsulation of asbestos lined walls and roofs
- Removal of Asbestos Contaminated Dust (ACD)
- Removal and transport of asbestos waste to approved facility
To learn more about identifying asbestos-containing material, the health risks of asbestos and what you can do about asbestos: