Asbestos Awareness aims to alert Australians about the dangers of working with asbestos during home renovations and maintenance. With Australia having one of the highest incidences of asbestos related cancers in the world, and with confirmed cases of asbestos related cancers continuing to increase as a result of home maintenance and renovation, exposure to asbestos fibres is considered to be a major threat to the health of Australians.
EVERY home built or renovated before the mid 1980's is likely to contain asbestos. If left undisturbed, asbestos generally does not pose a health risk. However, when disturbed during renovation and home maintenance, asbestos fibres can be released into the air and when inhaled, can cause life-threatening diseases including lung cancer, pleural disease, asbestosis and mesothelioma, an incurable, terminal cancer.
DON'T PLAY RENOVATION ROULETTE!
Visit the Asbestos Awareness website: www.asbestosawareness.com.au to find out where you might find asbestos in the home and how to manage it safely.
The Asbestos Diseases Research Institute website, www.adri.org.au also contains some useful information on the progress of research into asbestos diseases.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Every home built or renovated in the years leading up to 1987, most likely contains asbestos!
- A conservative estimate is that 1 in 3 homes in Australia contains asbestos including brick.
- If asbestos is undisturbed it generally does not pose a health risk.
- Many Australians may unknowingly be putting their health and the health of their children, and neighbours at risk because they don't really understand the dangers of working with asbestos or know where it might be found in or around their home.
- During renovations or the demolition of homes containing asbestos, asbestos fibres can be released into the air and be inhaled leading to asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
- Not only homes constructed of fibro contain asbestos. Asbestos may be found in every room in the home. It may be behind wall and floor tiles, in walls, ceilings, in floor coverings including lino and carpet, and, around hot water systems.
- Only scientific testing of sample material by an accredited National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) asbestos testing laboratory can confirm the presence of asbestos. For more information on testing and accredited laboratories in the Region, visit www.nata.asn.au or call (03) 9274 8200.
- If asbestos materials are in good condition, paint them and leave them alone.
Click here to download the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) - Local Government Fact Sheet
Click here to download the Guidelines For Disposal Of Asbestos At Quirindi Landfill