BE AS­BESTOS AWARE DON’T PUT YOUR LIFE AT RISK CHECK POINTS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CLASSIFIEDS - Re­becca Isaacs Visit: as­besto­saware­ness.com.au

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.”

Pic­ture: ROBERT POZO

As­bestos re­moval­ist Bret Baker in pro­tec­tion gear.

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