Potential hazards are always present with building or renovating. It is up to the individual to be responsible when undertaking a building or renovations project. Consider the environmental impact as well as the effect it will have on neighbours and yourself. Some building materials can be toxic. Some common hazards you may come across when renovating are asbestos, plumbing and sewerage, dangerous chemicals or other hazard substances that you may have to use in the process. All of these are things you need to consider, what affect they will have on you, your neighbours and the environment as any responsible builder or renovator would do.
Getting a building and pest inspections professional to inspect the building site is a good idea. Finding out what building materials were originally used, what the potential hazards are and how to contain them safely without affecting the neighbours or the environment is a great start to a successful renovation project. Making sure you are renovating using safe building practices will ensure that no harm comes to you, your neighbours or the environment. There are five steps to managing potential safety hazards:
Step 1– Look for safety hazards Step 2– How people may come to harm Step 3– Finding the best way to complete the project minimising the potential for injuries or illness. Step 4– Putting the right controls into place Step 5– Completing the building or renovations project
All these steps are a basic guide to what you need to look for. Further information can be found on the Brisbane City Councils website.
Doing the research before undertaking a major project such as renovating will help to give you a clear view on the potential dangers, not just to yourself but to others as well. It will also give you a clear indication on what environmental dangers your project will present. Having this knowledge before you start will help you to make informed decisions on how to tackle your project safely and lower the potential hazards. Taking the time to make sure that safe renovating practices are in place is the mark of a truly responsible builder.
Having a building and pest inspection carried out on your project will give you an idea of what other things need to be fixed up, whether or not there is any structural damage or the presence of pests such as termites. Knowing everything that needs to be done before undertaking any project will allow you to work any extra work that needs doing into your budget and safety plan.