BE ASBESTOS AWARE DON’T PUT YOUR LIFE AT RISK CHECK POINTS
There are two types of asbestos: friable asbestos can be pulverised; non-friable asbestos cannot
Homeowners are permitted to remove small amounts of nonfriable asbestos but it is safest to leave the job to a licensed removalist
At least one in three Australian homes contains asbestos. This includes brick, fibro, clad, and weatherboard residences
Asbestos-containing products include fibro sheeting, water, drainage and flue pipes, floor and wall coverings, guttering and roofing shingles
There are laws governing asbestos management, removal and disposal. The cost of disposal is often included in the removal price NOVEMBER is Asbestos Awareness month so there’s no better time to get educated about how to stay safe at home.
“Look at the vintage of the structure you live in; that’s a good indication of whether it is likely to contain asbestos,” an asbestos removalist at Beasy Pty Ltd, Bret Baker, said.
“Anything prior to 1987 could likely contain it.”
But don’t assume that your house is asbestos free if built after that time.
“There have been recently imported materials – wall tiles, for example – that contain asbestos. It comes up on the news and then disappears; people forget about it.”
The president of the Asbestos Education Committee, Peter Duphy, recommended a threepoint plan for staying safe in the home.
“First, visit the Asbestos Awareness website to suss out what types of materials you may need to be aware of,” he said.
“Second, if you are planning on doing renovation or demolition, hire a registered asbestos assessor to develop a management plan.
“Then, if you do need to get asbestos removed, visit the Safe Work NSW website for a list of licensed removalists,” Mr Dunphy said.
“I think the most important thing is for people to be aware.”
Asbestos removalist Bret Baker in protection gear.