Awareness of Asbestos in buildings and dangers.

Asbestos in buildings. Just a few examples of materials that contained Asbestos that were commonly used in the building industry around Brisbane until the mid 1990’s. QBIS.

Old garage with Asbestos roof and wall linings

Old garage with Asbestos roof and wall linings. 

Asbestos in the form of corrugated and flat fibro sheeting attached to roof and wall framing of this garage.

Corrugated Asbestos roof sheeting

Corrugated Asbestos roof sheeting.

Garage with corrugated fibro sheeting, otherwise known as super six sheeting.

Flat Asbestos sheeting on walls.

Laundry wall framing covered with flat fibro Asbestos sheeting.

Corrugated Asbestos fibro sheeting on a house.

House roof with corrugated fibro sheeting. Commonly known as “Super Six”

Asbestos in the form as shingles on a house.

Rarily used small fibro sheet panels used as roof cladding on a house.

Flat Asbestos fibro sheeting to gable end of a house roof.

This form of Asbestos material was often used as cladding of post war houses about the 1940’s era.

Location where Asbestos was most commonly used in buildings. 

As a building product it was relatively cheap and easy to install, durable and long lasting, this is what made it popular to use in the construction industry.

Form of product: Flat sheeting (AC sheet), corrugated, fibre (insulation)
Some common building products with Asbestos content were:

  • Roof sheeting (corrugated & flat)
  • Fencing (corrugated)
  • External wall cladding (flat sheeting)
  • Eaves & gables ends
  • Sub-floor areas
  • Internal ceiling and wall linings (in particular wet areas and sometimes enclosures)
  • Linoleum, carpet and underlay
  • Insulation in roofs
  • Around plumbing pipes and fittings  (lagging)
  • In stoves and hot water systems

Houses built in the post war period 1945 through to the mid 1990’s are most likely to have some Asbestos products in their construction. With some having more than others. Its importation and use in Australia was totally banned in December 31st 2003.

Non-destructive testing of Asbestos in materials

Onsite Asbestos Testing

Important notes:

  • Asbestos products must be handled and disposed of in an appropriate manner also in accordance with your local Authority.
  • When in doubt have it checked by an expert before having it removed, altered or maintained.
  • Be aware that some insurance companies will not insure Asbestos roofs and possibly exterior cladding, check with your insurer.

For more information:

Search state and federal Government sites for their requirements regarding risks in handling and required disposal of Asbestos. Also check my free information download files for extensive information.

Other related material:

Queensland worksafe injury-prevention-safety-asbestos

Asbestos awareness

QBCC Home maintainance and Asbestos

Asbestos Qld Government information

For independent Building Inspections Brisbane in all suburbs, Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. qbis.com.au

Important notes regarding dealing with Asbestos materials.

  • Asbestos products must be handled and disposed of in an appropriate manner also in accordance with your local Authority.
  • When in doubt have it checked by an expert before having it removed, altered or maintained.

Be aware that some insurance companies will not insure Asbestos roofs and possibly exterior cladding, check with your insurer.