Australians especially homeowners, renovators, tradies and handymen need to get to know asbestos by visiting http://www.asbestosawareness.com.au/ and take the 20 Point Asbestos Safety Check to learn how to protect themselves and families from exposure to dangerous asbestos fibres.
Visit www.asbestos.tas.gov.au for local information such as licensed asbestos assessors and removalists in Tasmania.
Asbestos fibres were used widely in building materials before the mid-1980s. If your house was built or renovated before the mid-1980s, it is likely to contain asbestos cement building materials.
You may be surprised at the various types of products that were made from bonded asbestos cement included fibro sheeting (flat and corrugated), water drainage and flue pipes, roofing shingles and guttering – even the backing of vinyl sheet floor coverings.
If a home was built or renovated before 1987, products made from bonded asbestos cement that may have been used in the home include:
- Fibro sheeting (flat and corrugated) in walls and ceilings
- Water drainage and flue pipes
- Roofing shingles and guttering
- The backing of floor coverings
IMPORTANT: If fire, hail, or water blasting damages bonded asbestos, it may become friable asbestos material and must be managed and removed by a licensed friable asbestos removalist.
The Asbestos Awareness Month campaign is overseen by WorkCover, the ACTU and James Hardie and supported by the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute. Funding for this campaign was provided by James Hardie Industries SE and the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities.
In 2011, the Asbestos Education Committee (AEC) in partnership with the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) conducted a NSW based campaign to educate homeowners about the dangers of asbestos when renovating or maintaining homes. Following the success of the NSW Asbestos Awareness Campaign, the AEC and ADRI launched a national campaign, Asbestos Awareness Week 2012. In 2013, the AEC and ADRI launched national Asbestos Awareness Month. The the aim is to grow the campaign to reach as many Australians as possible including homeowners, renovators, tradesmen and handymen.
Get to know asbestos by visiting http://www.asbestosawareness.com.au/.