Asbestos in Australia

Mar 18, 2021 | Workplace Safety

In an effort to increase awareness of the dangers of asbestos the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) dedicates April 1-7 to Global Asbestos Awareness Week.

According to one of Australia’s most prominent asbestos awareness campaigners, Bernie Banton, a conservative figure of 1500 to 2500 deaths per year are related to asbestos. This is approximately twice the number of Australians that die from road accidents yearly.

Over 3000 products are known to contain asbestos in Australia. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that building materials ceased using asbestos and not until 2004 that all asbestos products were banned in Australia.

Australia has developed a Code of Practice on how to safely remove asbestos under section 274 of the Work Health and Safety Act

How to remove Asbestos

Under the Australian / New Zealand standard AS/NZS 60335.2.69 (or international equivalent), a H-class vacuum is the best way to clean up contaminated dust and small asbestos debris, followed by a wet-wipe of any surfaces. Vacuums dedicated to cleaning asbestos need to be regularly maintained, inspected and tested.

A H14 grade HEPA filter is needed to comply with strict filtration efficiencies (99.995 per cent efficient), and vacuum systems are required to display the High Hazard (H) Class symbol, the model type, manufactures name and trademark.

How Australian Industrial Vacuum Can Help

Maximum safety for the user is the daily mission of every Delfin vacuum. This rule applies even more when hazardous and toxic dusts are involved, including the most dangerous ones, such as asbestos.

Australian Industrial Vacuum is dedicated to offering systems to our clients that provide a safe option for the removal of asbestos.

Our Delfin DG50 EXP Asbestos is the benchmark in asbestos vacuums. Designed specifically for the safe and fast collection of asbestos, the system is certified by one of the most reputed testing institutes worldwide, the German TÜVSÜd.

We also offer a large range of single and three-phase vacuums with secondary H14 filtration, to ensure compliance with all Australian Standards, ensuring maximum operator safety and reducing employer liability.

To understand more about our Asbestos range and to have your questions answered call Chris or Bade at Australian Industrial Vacuum on 03 8597 3376!

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