Sometimes all or partial demolition is needed to remove old or damaged building materials before you can start your renovation. Considerations need to be put in place to provide safety for you, your neighbours, workers and visitors. Demolition near Schools or other important places will require special attention.
Ask yourself if the demolition will cause excessive dust or expose you or others to hazardous materials. Dust is an important issue because everyone thinks that the dust from building sites or renovations will harm all who come into contact with it. Dust and unmanaged waste are the main reason that authorities are called to investigate construction works!
Demolition is a very dangerous job. It doesn't matter how easy it looks or the size of the Demolition, it's what materials you will handle and what risks you will be facing., Building renovation is one of the most common activities in Australia today, but as with most previous practices, a lot of dangerous materials were used then and now.. The manufacture and use of asbestos product was banned nationally from 31 December 2003.
ASBESTOS. This is the number one concern. You can't see it or smell it. GET ADVICE.
DUST. Most dust will contain material that is harmful if ingested.
ELECTRICITY. Get the power disconnected from the demolition area.
LEAD PAINT. Test kits are available from good hardware outlets.
TREATMENT CHEMICALS. Wood preservatives like creosote or arsenic.
PEST CONTROL. Pest sprays and Granulated Poisons.
For more information about asbestos info and material safety management visit the following in your state.
Demolishing your bathroom should not to be taken lightly. Whether the demolition is total or partial. Hazardous materials will normally need to be removed and disposed of in accordance with State and National guidelines. Hazardous Materials in Construction and Demolition must be properly managed. Failure to manage them may result in injury, incur fines or create environmental liability.
Demolishing your bathroom can be interesting and fun. So long as the demolition is carried out safely.
IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF A MATERIAL - TREAT IT AS HAZARDOUS!
IF YOU ARE IN ANY DOUBT, GET PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.
WORKCOVER IS HERE TO HELP YOU STAY SAFE.
Further Legislation and information is available Here