If your home was built before 1990, asbestos can still be found anywhere inside or outside the house. While completely banned in Australia since 2003, this cancer-causing material was used in thousands of building products. Asbestos is dangerous if damaged, disturbed or has deteriorated. It poses a health risk if fibres become airborne and can be inhaled. If you’re renovating or making repairs around the home, be aware and stay safe.
Where can asbestos be found?
Find out where asbestos can be in your home. National Asbestos Awareness Week (22-28 November 2021) reminds home renovators and trades that the danger of asbestos is far from over and encourages everyone to Think Twice About Asbestos when doing home renovations or maintenance.
To stay safe fixing up your place, follow these simple steps
- Get in the know. Find out whether your home was built or renovated before 1990.
- Take it slow. Don’t damage or disturb asbestos materials. This can release dangerous asbestos fibres into the air.
- Get a pro with the right gear. Contact a licensed asbestos professional for advice on where it’s located, and how to manage or remove it.
Every year in Australia, there are an estimated 4,000 deaths from asbestos-related diseases. This includes lung cancer and mesothelioma due to past exposure to asbestos.
By preventing exposure to asbestos fibres, asbestos-related diseases can be eliminated.
City of Parramatta Household Asbestos Program
To ensure the safe disposal of remnant asbestos found in local homes, the City of Parramatta offers residents free collections of up to 10 square meters of bonded asbestos.