Ballarat asbestos removal experts warns of potential risks

A BALLARAT asbestos removalist says exposure to the fibrous material could pose health problems to sub-contractors and residents.
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Craig Sodomaco is a local removalist who has been busy after multiple incidents of asbestos exposure in residential areas have been revealed over the past week.

“It is asbestos, it only takes one fibre,” Mr Sodomaco said.

“Whoever’s running the show isn’t doing the right thing.”

Mr Sodomaco said there should be an audit on all construction work to assess for asbestos.

He encouraged residents to take immediate action if they found the potentially deadly material.

“Notification to WorkSafe, that’s the first step,” he said.

“Then you should contact an asbestos removalist, someone like myself, who will go out and plan how to remove it in the correct way.”

Material containing asbestos should be double-wrapped and secured in marked asbestos bags and transported in an EPA-registered truck, Mr Sodomaco said.

He said workers should be using a P2 fitted silicone mask and wearing a type 5/6, triple-layer, breathable protective suit.

While asbestos bags are 400 microns thick and designed for durability, they still needed to be double-bagged, Mr Sodomaco said.

Skips and trucks should have warning signs and should take the securely bagged asbestos to an EPA-approved landfill site, the nearest of which is in Smythesdale.

“We double-wrap everything and make sure it’s EPA-signed,” Mr Sodomaco said.

Despite the dangers, Mr Sodomaco said asbestos was often improperly dumped.

“I do a lot of domestic work with asbestos dumped out in the bush,” he said. “It’s just slackness.”

As for the sub-contractors responsible for the recent dumpings in Ballarat, Mr Sodomaco expressed concern.

“If they don’t care about their own health, they should think about the people around them,” he said.

“It might be a cost-saving measure, but asbestos is not that expensive to remove.

“I think it comes down to stupidity.”

Asbestos remover Craig Sodomaco is critical of the way the asbestos problem has been handled.

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