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Asbestos removal demolition and disposal contractor

Amphiboles, amosite (brown asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos) and tremolite are among the group of natural silicate minerals commonly referred to as asbestos.

The thin, fibre-like crystals are released into the atmosphere when they are disturbed. Due to asbestos’ water, heat resistant and electrical insulation properties, the material has been employed as an insulator in electrical components and used extensively in the building and construction industries until the 1970s.

Many buildings constructed between the 1940’s until the 1980’s contained asbestos in various forms. Prior to it’s near global ban due to it’s being declared a known carcinogen, the material was employed in everything from roof sheeting, roof insulation, floor and wall tiles, decorative planters to small, insulative electrical components.

Employers are unknowingly exposing themselves and their employees to the dangers of asbestos.

In South Africa, over 3000 products were produced using the material including:

  • Corrugated roof sheeting and shingles
  • Roof facia boards, sidings, gutters as well as window sills
  • Prefab building walls and internal wall partitions
  • Roof and wall Insulation products
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Internal and external textured paint as well as patching compounds used to level wall and ceiling surfaces
  • Steam pipes, bulk water and hot water pipes, geyser blankets etc were either manufactured or coated with asbestos

As a result of the ban, a worldwide drive is underway to remove asbestos from the built up environment.

Many countries including South Africa have passed legislation requiring that the material be safely removed and disposed of prior to any renovations or demolition of buildings being carried out.


Asbestos is Deadly:

Asbestos based products that are exposed to vibration, is most dangerous when it is friable making it easily breathed in, hence it being a cause of lung cancer.

Where asbestos containing products are subjected to vibration, the extremes of weather, physical impact, drilling, sanding, cutting sawing etc, fibrous materials are released into the atmosphere which can be easily breathed in.

Industrial and Commercial Roof Repair

Mpumalanga Rubber (Pty) Ltd is certified to carry out the removal, demolition and disposal of asbestos based products throughout south and southern Africa.

In South Africa, contractors are required by law to undergo training before they are certified as asbestos removal contractors and then these certificates are required to be renewed annually.

The South African Department of Labour introduced Asbestos Regulation No.155 of 2002, which prohibits any employer or individual from carrying out work that will put any person at risk from exposure to asbestos.

As can be expected removing asbestos is a dangerous task, requiring that operators have many years of training and experience so as not to expose oneself to the dangers of asbestos inhalation. Our asbestos removal teams are used to operating in factories, warehouses, industrial buildings and homes.

We are licensed to conduct:

  • Asbestos removal
  • Asbestos encapsulation
  • Asbestos demolition

In accordance with the legislation, prior to any work being carried out, we will devise and submit a Asbestos removal work plan.

If you have identified asbestos based material in your work or home environment, please feel free to contat us for advise on it’s safe removal.