AAH Contracting provides safe, efficient solutions for removing harmful waste and materials from worksites.
Why should you work with professional hazardous waste disposal specialists?
When working on any commercial, government or industrial worksites careful planning and consideration about waste removal is a must to ensure the safety of your workers, and nearby stakeholders.
AAH Contracting has the experience and workforce to undertake a broad range of hazardous waste disposal and material removal projects. By following best practice safety procedures and working with independent hygienists, our team of specialists provide efficient, safe and effective removal of all harmful materials where needed.
Our experience with removing hazardous materials
We remove hazardous materials including lead paint, synthetic mineral fibres (SMFs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on a regular basis. These materials should be removed by professionals or a team who has specialist training. This ensures safety procedures are followed and comply with industry best practices.
AAH Contracting is also a certified Class A asbestos removalist, and can dispose of both friable and non-friable asbestos, in addition to other hazardous materials identified onsite. This enables us to provide a comprehensive range of services on projects Australia wide.
When working with dangerous materials such as lead based paint, synthetic minerals fibres, mould, asbestos and other hazardous materials, our team ensures to keep clear communication about the project, helping our clients understand the services required and their importance.
What are the dangers surrounding lead paint?
Once used to create pigment in paint, lead is a heavy metal that is commonly found in buildings and homes across Australia that were either built or decorated before 1970. This material is extremely harmful to humans and can have damaging effects on the brain, kidney and reproductive system.
Lead is commonly absorbed by breathing dust or fumes in the air, and can be stored in the body for up to 20-30 years in bone. From here it can be mobilised back into the blood, causing a number of serious health problems.
Synthetic Mineral Fibres health effects
SMF is used to describe several man-made fibrous materials including glass, rock, alumina and silica. These materials have been widely used as alternatives to asbestos for insulation and fire-rating products, used as reinforcement in cement, plaster and plastic materials.
Current research suggests that most SMF’s are non-carcinogenic to humans. However, short-term exposure can produce skin, eye and upper respiratory tract irritation. These health issues mainly arise throughout the installation, deconstruction or handling of SMFs. SMFs are currently used extensively throughout Australia within commercial, industrial and residential properties.
Mould treatment and detection
Mould is a fungus that is naturally occurring and is commonly found in moist and damp locations. This fungus reproduces by issuing airborne spores settling on damp surfaces. From here spores are able to grow and erode surfaces that they are on, destroying everything in the process.
Aside from being visually intimidating, mould can cause health related issues for asthmatics or anyone suffering from respiratory issues. As it is inhaled easily, mould can cause serious additional irritations to the eyes and nose.
The danger of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in building materials
The main use of PCBs in building materials is as a plasticiser. They are found predominantly in paints, specialty coatings, caulking, sealants, and other materials as well. They were used in equipment such as fluorescent light fitting capacitors, electric motors, ceiling fans and dishwashers that generally predate 1980. PCB’s have significant ecological and health effects including carcinogenicity (probable human cancer-causing or cancer-promoting agent), neurotoxicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, immune systems suppression, liver damage and skin irritation.
Need help with hazardous waste disposal and material removal?
Our hazardous waste and material removal service is available in Victoria, Tasmania, and the borders of South Australia and New South Wales. If you have positively identified any of these hazardous materials in your worksite call AAH Contracting on 03 9729 0066 to speak to one of our specialists today.
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Other hazardous materials we remove
- Lead paint
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
- Synthetic Mineral Fibres (SMFs)
- And more