SILENT KILLER IS CLOSE TO HOME

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

AL­MOST ev­ery week, we are con­tacted by read­ers con­cerned about as­bestos con­tam­i­na­tion in the south eastern sub­urbs. As­bestos is a silent killer – 10,000 peo­ple have al­ready died of mesothe­lioma and an­other 25,000 are ex­pected to die in the next four decades. It is es­ti­mated that one third of Aus­tralian homes con­tain as­bestos. It was widely used in do­mes­tic build­ing prod­ucts un­til the mid-1980s. It could be in your fence pan­els, on the roof of your shed or on the walls of your home, if it was build be­tween 1940 and the 1980s. Amaz­ingly, as­bestos and prod­ucts con­tain­ing the fi­brous ma­te­rial were only banned in Aus­tralia in 2003. The lat­est big find was in the new chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal, which re­ceived much me­dia cov­er­age. Last week it was dis­cov­ered it had been found in 17 pri­mary schools in WA. If you have any con­cerns or want to learn more, visit www.as­bestos­dis­eases.org.au.

Rick Lee - re­gional edi­tor

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