Look out for as­bestos

Southern Riverina news - - BUILDING & RENOVATING -

Have you thought about as­bestos be­fore you start renovating?

Build­ings, houses and flats erected be­fore the mid-1980s may con­tain as­bestos.

Ex­am­ples of where as­bestos can be com­monly found in build­ings in­clude:

Fi­bro sheet­ing (com­monly found in older garages, bath­rooms, kitchens, laun­dries and ex­ter­nal walls); Roofs (in­clud­ing eaves and gables); Vinyl tiles and back­ing; Gut­ter­ing; and Drainage and flue pipes. When work­ing in and around the home or renovating, if in doubt, as­sume you are deal­ing with as­bestos and take ev­ery pre­cau­tion.

The safest way to man­age the re­moval of as­bestos is to hire a li­censed as­bestos re­moval con­trac­tor.

Where as­bestos fi­bres are fri­able (loose and not bonded into build­ing ma­te­ri­als), only li­censed fri­able as­bestos re­moval­ists are al­lowed to re­move it.

If you do need to work with any ma­te­rial that may con­tain as­bestos, en­sure you take all the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions to pro­tect your­self and min­imise the re­lease of dust or small par­ti­cles from the as­bestos ma­te­ri­als that may af­fect oth­ers in­clud­ing chil­dren.

Find out about what you need to do to safely re­move and dis­pose of as­bestos at www.epa.nsw.gov.au.

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