Not sure if it is Asbestos?
- The largest South African manufacturer of Asbestos containing material (ACM’s) such as roof sheets and related products, stopped using Asbestos in the manufacturing of their products during December 2002. This did however not stop others and Zimbabwean companies from producing Asbestos containing products. Many of these products were imported into South Africa and were sold by most hardware stores. In most cases the imported Asbestos
containing products were sold cheaper resulting in these products being more popular in certain markets. It was only after the promulgation of the Regulations for the Prohibition of the Use, Manufacturing, Import and Export of Asbestos and Asbestos Containing Materials during 2008 which prohibited the import and sale of Asbestos or Asbestos containing material, that these materials were stopped being used in construction. After the promulgation of the Regulations for the Prohibition of the Use, Manufacturing, Import and Export of Asbestos and Asbestos Containing Materials on the 28th March 2008, manufacturers and merchants had 120 days period of grace to clear their shelves of Asbestos or Asbestos containing materials (ACM’s). If your house or building date from before this time, chances are good that building materials on your building which look like ACM’s are indeed ACM’s e.g. roof sheets, gutters, roof tiles, etc.
- If you want to have your material tested, you can contact us to collect a sample for testing. Testing starts at R400.00 ex vat per sample plus travelling per km. General identification by one of our representatives will be free if you request a quote for Asbestos work. If there is doubt about the nature of the materials the representative will advise you to have lab testing done.
- If you are an employer with a work place where employees are exposed to ACM’s, Asbestos regulations require you to have an inventory of Asbestos on the premises which indicates the locality and condition of all ACM’s. You can call our office to arrange for assistance to compile an inventory for your business.
Which products may contain Asbestos?
- Roof sheets
- Roof tiles
- Gutters and down pipes
- Barge boards
- Window sills
- Floor tiles
- Counter tops
Can anybody work with Asbestos containing materials?
According to Asbestos regulations, 2001 and Department of Labour Standard any work of any size which may result in the release of Asbestos fibres will be regarded as Asbestos work. Typical examples of activities which may result in the release of Asbestos fibres will be:
- Removal of Asbestos containing materials;
- Repairs done to Asbestos containing material;
- Cleaning of roofs
In line with Asbestos regulations any of above mentioned tasks may only be performed by a Registered Asbestos Contractor (RAC). All such work must also be monitored by and Approved Asbestos Inspection Authority (AIA)
If you appoint a contractor to do Asbestos work, make sure to ask for his RAC registration certificate
What to do not to have trouble with the “neighbours”?
- Call us for a free quote or even guidance if you are not sure
- If you accept our quote, we will facilitate all the necessary paper work and contact an AIA to monitor the work to ensure your safety and compliance as per Asbestos regulations
- After completion of the work we will ensure that you are in possession of safe disposal documentation (if applicable) as well as the AIA monitoring and assessment report.
What will it cost?
- Contact us for a free no-obligation quote. If you give us the address and a brief description of the work, we will be able to give you a close indication of costs without visiting the premises. If you are interested to proceed we will visit the site for a formalised quote, which will also be free of charge
- Most of the times we will also be able to get you a quote and arrange for additional work e.g. new gutters or new roof installations, etc
Still not sure?
Contact Dominique at our office 021 945 2423