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Hazardous Materials

How to safely contain and remove hazardous materials from construction sites

Until recently, the use of toxic materials, including asbestos, lead paint and silica dust was common in Australian construction projects. While these harmful materials have now been banned, many contractors will be faced with the task of renovating or demolishing structures that contain some sort of hazardous substance. It’s imperative these materials are carefully disposed of by a licenced removalist.

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    3 steps for proper disposal of asbestos from a worksite

    Did you know it wasn’t until 2003 that all building materials containing asbestos were banned in Australia? Builders who commence construction on a job they believe has asbestos should proceed with extreme caution. TUFWRAP provides complete containment services, products and guidance for the safe removal of all types of asbestos.

    Identify that asbestos is present.

    1. Do not disturb it. Engage a hygienist A1/2 removalist to assist you.
    2. Get in touch with the TUFWRAP team for a tailored containment solution.

    Asbestos services we offer:

    • Consultation. Comprehensive project analysis with our qualified asbestos-aware team.
    • Plan and guidance. Systems, materials and support for contractors requiring asbestos containment.
    • Containment solutions. Complete area encapsulation and environmental control.
    • Clean rooms. Creation of temporary sealed clean room with negative or positive air pressure.
    • Supply of products and materials.
      • High quality containment products with a minimum of 200 UM thickness to enclose walls, windows and doors.
      • Flame retardant products and materials.
      • Tried and smoke-tested products.
    • Accessories: End-to-end asbestos management products including liners, bags, flooring solutions and access hatches.

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    Lead based paint: how to safety contain and extract it.

    A highly-toxic substance, lead based paint was often used as a coating for household areas until it was banned for commercial use. More recently it has been associated with a range of serious health problems resulting from the ingestion of dust particles when lead based paint is disturbed or removed. Employers have a legal obligation to control the exposure workers have with lead contaminated dust and provide a safe waste management system for the debris. TUFWRAP create sealed and fully-controllable environments for easy extraction and removal of harmful dust and residue. Using plastic sheeting, TUFWRAP enclose the blasting space and prevent harmful dust particles from spreading into other areas of the worksite.

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    What are the proper safety requirements for the containment and removal of silica dust?

    Frequently found on a construction site, silica dust is a toxic material that is produced when bricks, tiles, concrete and other materials are blasted, broken or demolished. These microscopic dust particles are almost impossible to see and are extremely dangerous when inhaled. Australian workplaces must follow stringent health and safety laws in relation to the proper treatment of products containing silica dust.

    Employers have a duty of care to their workers to reduce exposure to hazards and put suitable control measures in place, including proper workstation ventilation and containment measures. TUFWRAP create cleanrooms, complete with exhaust ventilation to remove the dust at the point it is produced. These measures keep workers safe from harmful silica dust in accordance with Safe Work Australia’s crystalline silica health monitoring guide.

    Need hassle-free help with the containment of hazardous materials? Look no further.

    Our experienced team can provide an assessment of your lead based, asbestos and silica dust removal project. We work with you to outline a plan that adheres to Australian standards for containment and waste management of hazardous materials.