We all know that provide best experience of hospitality and pleasure became a main goal of every resort management. But every owner of resort should aware that one most important thing is safety of visitor and employee of the resort. As government said Health hazards – These are properties of a chemical that have the potential to cause adverse health effects. Exposure usually occurs through inhalation, skin contact or ingestion. Adverse health effects can be acute (short term) or chronic (long term). Typical acute health effects include headaches, nausea or vomiting and skin corrosion, while chronic health effects include asthma, dermatitis, nerve damage or cancer.
Physicochemical hazards – These are physical or chemical properties of the substance, mixture or article that pose risks to workers other than health risks, as they do not occur as a consequence of the biological interaction of the chemical with people. They arise through inappropriate handling or use and can often result in injury to people and/or damage to property as a result of the intrinsic physical hazard. Examples of physicochemical hazards include flammable, corrosive, explosive, chemically reactive zand oxidising chemicals. Many chemicals have both health and physicochemical hazards. This is should became a main concern for management that every resort especially old classic resort build in 80’s probably have one of the great dangerous chemical material called asbestos.
Lets break down what is asbestos and how to handle it.
Asbestos was a construction material used in a majority of Australian structures up until the mid-1980’s to 2003 when bans began to implemented, these bans were put into place to stop the production of asbestos materials, mining of asbestos and construction with asbestos because of its adverse health risks to the workers and general public. When materials containing asbestos or fully made from asbestos are broken asbestos fibres are released into the air and can easily become inhaled, once inhaled these fibres cause abrasions and scarring to the lungs which can cause different kinds of diseases.
Asbestos comes in six different types these are:
- Chrysotile Asbestos
- Amosite Asbestos
- Crocidolite Asbestos
- Tremolite Asbestos
- Actinolite Asbestos
- Anthophyllite Asbestos
The most common type of asbestos is Chrysotile asbestos also more commonly known as white asbestos, this asbestos was the last to be banned within Australia, however the most dangerous type of asbestos is Crocidolite Asbestos also known more commonly as blue asbestos, this asbestos when broken releases needle like clusters that can cause major damage to the lungs when inhaled.
After types of asbestos is can be sorted into two categories:
Non-Friable: Non-friable asbestos is hardier and less likely to break this type of asbestos is considered low risk because it is less likely to become airborne, this type of asbestos can be encapsulated.
Friable: Friable asbestos is loose and easily broken this type of asbestos is considered high risk because it becomes airborne easily, this type of asbestos is best to be removed or enclosed until removal is possible.
When asbestos or asbestos containing products are broken or damaged they release asbestos fibres into the air which when inhaled by human cause lacerations and abrasions to the lungs, this can lead to a variety or respiratory issues and different diseases which may only present decades after the initial inhalation. Some of these diseases include:
- Lung Cancer
- Asbestosis or fibrotic lung disease
- Laryngeal Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Testes Cancer
- Pleural plaques
- Pleural thickening
Many people exposed to asbestos both from second-hand exposure from asbestos and first-hand exposure have developed these incurable and chronic diseases. Therefore, asbestos removal job needs to be done by a professional for the sake of your own safety. If you live in North Australia, you can search asbestos removal Darwin by browsing online. Remember! Hire a licensed asbestos professional only.
Hunting for Asbestos
Asbestos was a widely used building material in Australia for a variety of purposes so unfortunately it can be found in many, many places, some of these places include but are not limited to:
- Dog Kennels
Making Your Resort Safe Again!
The best way to know for sure if your property contains asbestos is testing, testing is best done by an accredited professional. Testing doesn’t have to be a pain, utilizing local accredited professionals can make the whole process quick, safe and easy for you, contact accredited professionals for testing and they can come to the site in good time and take multiple samples away for testing. They will take the samples to a NATA accredited laboratory where they will run them through rigorous testing to check for all types of asbestos, when the results are received by your professionals they will contact you to let you know the results and run through any risks or removal options. Another option is at home testing kits, you can order these online and do the testing yourself by following the simple instructions and sending them to NATA accredited laboratory yourself.