Old as­bestos cau­tion needed

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

REN­O­VA­TORS are re­minded to be aware of the hid­den dan­gers of as­bestos when re­fur­bish­ing or car­ry­ing out main­te­nance on older prop­er­ties.

Health Min­is­ter John Day urged peo­ple to re­main ‘ as­bestos aware’ as Na­tional As­bestos Aware­ness Week ended on Fri­day last week.

“As­bestos- re­lated dis­eases con­tinue to claim West Aus­tralian lives, so it is cru­cial peo­ple are aware of the dan­gers of dis­turb­ing as­bestos con­tain­ing prod­ucts and take proper pre­cau­tions to re­duce risk of ex­po­sure,” he said.

The Kala­munda MLA said most peo­ple knew as­bestos was found in cement sheet­ing in roofs, fences or older style houses built be­fore 1990, but the ma­te­rial was also in com­mon house­hold items such as pa­per back­ing ma­te­rial on sheet linoleum, back­ing pan­els in me­ter boxes and vinyl floor tiles.

Com­merce Min­is­ter Michael Mischin said as­bestos- con­tain­ing prod­ucts were dif­fi­cult to iden­tify by look­ing at them and if in doubt, al­ways put safety first. www. face­book. com/ hillsmid­land

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