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Get to know asbestos this month

Posted Monday 16 November 2015

Did you know? Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world

National Asbestos Awareness Month aims to educate Australian’s about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes. In the lead-up to Asbestos Awareness Day on Friday 27 November all Australians especially homeowners, renovators, tradies and handymen need to ‘Get to kNOw Asbestos this NOvember’.

Many wrongly believe that ONLY fibro homes contain asbestos, but asbestos products can most likely be found in ANY Australian home built or renovated before 1987 even brick, weatherboard, fibro and clad homes.

Most people can’t tell whether building materials contain asbestos just by looking at them. Asbestos can be under floor coverings such as carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings and ceiling space (insulation), eaves, garages, around hot water pipes, fences, extensions to homes, outdoor toilets and backyard sheds – it could be anywhere!

Stop playing ‘renovation roulette’ and protect yourself and others from exposure to asbestos fibres during renovations and maintenance. Before renovating, visit to learn where asbestos might be found in your home, the dangers of disturbing it and how best to manage it.