Asbestos Pipe upgrade estimated at $8 billion dollars in the next 10 years

With Australian assets ageing each day it is critical to keep these in good conditional and operational. Part of this means replacing these ageing assets with newer materials.

 

Part of this issue is that a large percentage of these assets contain the deadly asbestos fibres, which up until the middle of the 1980s, were commonly used in building materials such as wall sheeting, insulation, roofing, pits, pipes and cladding.

 

An Auditor-General’s report said that in Western Australia about 31 per cent of the state’s Water Corporation pipes and mains pipes contained asbestos, an alarming finding.

 

Water Services Association of Australia executive director Adam Lovell said it could cost “roughly” $8bn to repair or ­replace the asbestos cement that was expected to come to the end of its working life over the next decade.

 

 

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Workers in the construction industry completing pipe upgrades or excavation are the most likely to come across the deadly building material.

 

 

The most serious risk with asbestos water pipes is not drinking out of the pipes, it is workers completing maintenance or repairs on the water pipes and exposing themselves to the asbestos fibres. 

 

Pro Safety and Training Lead Trainer Sebastian Rasche stated "the issue with asbestos pipes that have been damaged and need to be fixed is the fact that you cant simply cut it with a concrete saw, and join into it easily, as this turns the pipe from a non-friable product into a friable product. Sometimes the only way to rectify a damage pipe is to remove the pipe from junction to junction- which obviously pushes prices up".

 

It is not just Australia that has this serious issue, other countries such as America, Canada and the UK all suffered from this serious issue.

 

 

 

One way to reduce this risk that may affect Australia workers is to provide relevant, contextualised and enjoyable asbestos training around Australia.

 

Seb enthusiastically commented stating  “contextualising our training courses means workers gain the skills and knowledge that are actually relevant to their work, for example our Remove Non Friable course used to involve practical training removing wall sheeting, we now give students the option to complete the practical component of the assessment involving the removal of asbestos pipes, pits, wall sheeting and contaminated asbestos soils. This means that we train to suit the workers needs, and with our continuous focus on this we always exceed and meet our client needs, this is turn will help us ensure our success in growing into a leading Australian training company".

 

 

 

Pro Safety and Training provides training in Non-Friable asbestos removal, Friable asbestos removal, Supervision of asbestos removal and asbestos awareness. We can come to you anywhere in Australia and provide group and company discounts.

 

With asbestos training courses being run weekly in Brisbane, and our goal to have weekly asbestos training courses running in Sydney within the next month- there is no better time than now to contact us for our high quality asbestos training courses.

 

 

Exposed Sewer

This job came to a halt when workers identified this sewer pipe as asbestos.

 

 

Stowe Australia

Stowe Australia

Remove Non-Friable Asbestos Training

TestimonialCourse was a good refresher and brought me up to date with relevant info conducted by a good instructor.

- Gary E - Brisbane

Doval Constructions (QLD) Ltd

Doval Constructions (QLD) Ltd

Remove Non-Friable Asbestos Training

TestimonialGood course. Seb has extremely good knowledge of subject matter, regulatory requirements and practical application. Takes time to ensure you understand material. Highly recommend.

- Andrew S - Brisbane

Evoqua

Evoqua

Confined Space Entry Training

TestimonialGood course content. Excellent practical facilities.

- Chris G - Brisbane

Newcrest Mining Limited

Newcrest Mining Limited

Certificate IV Work Health and Safety Training

TestimonialTraining was well presented and the trainer was conversant with the topic.

- Felix G - Brisbane

BHP Billiton

BHP Billiton

Remove Non-Friable Asbestos Training

TestimonialGreat course. Sebastian was easy to learn from and kept it relevant. Will happily do training through Pro Safety Training next time.

- Brendan M - Brisbane

Ventia Utility Services P/L

Ventia Utility Services P/L

Remove Non-Friable Asbestos Training

TestimonialA very well organised course to conduct the course on a remote site. Worthwhile skills delivered to all participants with customised discussion for the specific circumstances of the site.

- Scott M - Brisbane

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