With the recent tornado in North East Victoria, mini tornadoes in Sydney and extensive storms and flooding in NSW and QLD, the team at CETEC would like to recommend:
Three actions to take following a disaster:
- Restrict access to the damaged building prior to professional assessment. The temptation to salvage items post-disaster can cause unnecessary exposure to asbestos and other hazardous building materials
- Act quickly to have the site assessed for hazardous materials by an expert such as CETEC – asbestos dust and debris can spread rapidly, increasing the cost of remediation dramatically. Within days, mould can render an entire flood-effected building a write-off if simple controls are not implemented.
- Properly document assessment findings and actions. Poor documentation and lack of action can lead to insurance disputes.
The team at CETEC can help with risk assessment and remediation of hazardous materials on your site, including identification of asbestos.
Our key skills in building remediation following storm and flood damage include:
- Assessments to determine whether a site can be remediated
- Development of remediation strategies, including those for complex sites
- High level bacterial and mould assessments
- Remediation and risk assessment of hazardous materials disturbed by storm and flood damage (including asbestos)
- Other indoor air quality assessments that may arise from flood damage (VOCs, etc.)
- Complete project management of remediation, including engagement of all relevant subcontractors using our network of industry contacts
- Material assessments
- Soil remediation in instances where hazardous materials have been relocated
- Provisional cost estimates
- Expert witness