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    BrettM33
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    Hey guys…… our back fence was partially blown down during the Perth storms a couple months back. It was one of those standard asbestos type fences.

    Now today they finally came and replaced it with a new fence (Colorbond I think). However I think when they were out the front they were cutting parts of the asbestos fence up so they could fit it in their trailer (without masks mind you); but I’m just worried that they could have left some asbestos fibres around because of this.

    Am I worrying about nothing or should I be concerned?

    Thanks!

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    I dont want to alarm you and Im no expert but I’ve heard is that a single asbestos fibre lodged in your lung can cause asbestosis 20 years later.

    Steve

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    Depends a bit on how old the fence is, anything built up till about the mid 80’s has a high chance of being asbestos.

    Newer products look the same visually, just doesn’t have asbestos fibre as the binding agent.

    General rule is … treat as if it’s asbestos until proved otherwise.

    This form of asbestos is probably the safest and most stable but get’s dodgy when broken or cut producing dust.

    If it is asbestos it should be removed by an approved method and the material bagged and tagged and taken to a certified dump, depending on state law you probably need a license to remove.

    Again, state laws may vary but in Victoria it’s a “Worksafe” (you’d have an equivalent department handling workplace safety) issue, I think most states have gone to a national standard.

    I’d be reporting it to that department for more info, if they’re anything like Worksafe in Vic, they’ll react appropriately and promptly, incorrect disposal of asbestos is a serious no no.

    My experience is, if asbestos is suspected they’ll force a full site clean up, including air monitoring, fines for non compliance are savage (Vic anyway).

    It’s the dust that’s dodgy, if your concerned while your sorting it out and or the weather is dry and windy (not an issue in Vic ATM), I’d grab a disposable P2 dust mask and mist spray the area occasionally with a hose to hold the dust down till you get confirmation one way or another.

    Just like your accountant or lawyer always refer to a specialist to be sure but if it gives you any solace, I do have a current construction specific Certificate 3 in OHS and regularly do risk assessments (including asbestos) on construction sites.

    Finally, it’s better to be safe and sure, there’s still plenty of idiots out there who don’t think it’s an issue or want to cut costs, ignorance is not an excuse either.

    The contractor who did the work should know, if he doesn’t, he shouldn’t be operating.

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    Thanks for the info guys.

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    Depends a bit on how old the fence is, anything built up till about the mid 80’s has a high chance of being asbestos.

    No idea how old the house is, it’s not an “old” house though. Can take a pic of the fence if it helps (we still have the asbestos looking fence on the sides), but if they look the same then I’m not sure it will help haha

    Also…… FWIW it rained not longer after they left.

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    Some one experienced could probably visually identify but at very close range, probably not from an image.

    I don’t want to freak anyone out, your remaining fence, even if it is asbestos is probably fine, undisturbed, this form (if is asbestos) is quite safe.

    It’s only when it starts to crumble or degenerate that the loose fibres are released.

    A lot of the new products look similar the manufacturers still use a lot of the old profile shapes.

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