SILENT KILLER IS CLOSE TO HOME
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