Commercial Asbestos Removal Melbourne CBD – RMIT Campus
Commercial Asbestos Removal Melbourne CBD – RMIT Campus. PROAS Asbestos Removal recently set to work with a commercial asbestos removal project at RMIT University’s City campus location. The campus building was under redevelopment and required the removal of asphaltic cutback adhesives and cement adhesives from brickwork and cement walls.
Asbestos fibres were highly sought after material in the building industry, this due to being inexpensive, readily available and extremely easy to use. Asbestos fibres were used as bonding agents in many asbestos adhesives. These adhesives were commonly used in both commercial and residential projects, predominantly for tiling, grouting and lagging purposes.
Asbestos adhesives are classed under the non-friable asbestos category, due to their bonded nature, which is firmly concealed into the matrix of the material. Generally speaking, non-friable asbestos is unlikely to release measurable amounts of asbestos fibres into the air if the matrix of the material is left undisturbed. However that said, asbestos adhesives still have the potential to emit airborne toxic fibres, resulting with proven health implications and therefore must be dealt with by a professional.
In order to remove the asbestos adhesives from the brickwork and cement walls at the commercial job at RMIT City campus, Proas implemented a safety process to follow to ensure neither employees or nearby people were exposed to airborne asbestos fibres.
The images below show what the site looked like as the asbestos decontamination process took place.
Firstly, Proas established an asbestos exclusion zone and set up a decontamination unit around the perimeter of this zone. This allowed authorised personnel including Proas employees entry to the site, whilst containing the zone, enclosing any disturbed asbestos fibres which may have become airborne. Once the exclusion zone had been completed, Proas lay protective plastic sheeting to protect other surfaces from asbestos dust fibres. Once the sheeting had been laid, in order to minimise the risk of airborne asbestos fibres Proas begun by wetting the entire area. This method involved presoaking all the walls, floors and ceilings to settle dust contaminated asbestos.
Proas then began the complex task of removing all asbestos-contaminated brickwork and cement. Despite completing the successful asbestos removal, the job was far from over. The entire area, and other potential asbestos affected areas then had to be wet wiped, dusted and stripped of sheeting. This was all then packaged, double bagged into two asbestos bags, which were taken off-site and then disposed of by Proas. The Proas team did a final, more thorough clean using a HEPA filter vacuum, collecting the remaining asbestos dust fibres and particles from the remaining surfaces and air.
Following relevant asbestos removal legislation, the client sought out the services of an independent hygienist who after inspection, approved the successful completion of asbestos removal. Results conducted by the hygienist confirmed the site a successful project issuing its clearance, and the site asbestos free.
This commercial project took 1 week to complete, however, the time it takes to complete a project does differ depending on the size of the space and the severity of the asbestos.
If you’re looking for a Melbourne asbestos removal company, PROAS Asbestos Removal specialise in asbestos removal and are located in Melbourne. We have all the equipment and experience needed to remove friable asbestos from commercial or residential properties. Call 1300 2 PROAS or send us an enquiry via our website!