Ken Webb with the Hazibag.
Ken Webb with the Hazibag.

Asbestos solution in the bag

A SUNSHINE Coast-developed solution to the potentially deadly problem of asbestos removal and transport to landfill is going gangbusters since its launch a month ago.

Ken Webb's Hazibag was born out of a simple desire to make asbestos handling safer.

"People handling asbestos currently need to double wrap it in 200 micron black plastic before placing it inside a steel skip bin," he said.

"No matter how careful the removalists are, the asbestos moves and breaks up during transport and has potential to break out of the plastic wrap when being tipped.

"Hazibag was developed to replace having to double wrap and replace the need for the steel skip.

"We see it as an add-on to the skip bin industry, as they can now carry the Hazibag inside the cabs of their trucks and bring it out on any job sites their bins are on, ensuring where asbestos is present, it is kept separate from the other construction waste."

The bag, which has NATA certification as a "flexible intermediate bulk container" approved to transport hazardous waste, has an internal, sealable bladder as well as an outer skin.

It is aimed at industry professionals who specialise in the removal of asbestos and is in use in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. There is also an ever-increasing DIY market.

"The take-up rate has been fantastic. We just contracted Veolia, one of Australia's largest waste removal companies, Hazibag has a number connected to their call centre.

"Pacfire Australia is now a distributor to the emergency services industry and we are now in discussion with the SES in NSW.

"We are now stocked inside the Safetyquip and Hip Pocket safety stores on the Sunshine Coast and have an asbestos specialist on board as a distributor."

Mr Webb said Mainfreight handled the dispatch of all national orders as they came in.

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