It's easy to forget that asbestos is still present in millions of Australian properties, but if a house was built or renovated before 1990, there's a good chance it has asbestos.
National Asbestos Awareness Week runs from November 20-26 and is a good time to remember that asbestos lurks in more places than you'd think. It's still commonly found in bathrooms, laundries and kitchens as well as behind tiles, under flooring and in outbuildings such as sheds, fencing.
Asbestos can be easily disturbed when doing renovations, home improvements or regular maintenance. Sadly, every year in Australia, an estimated 4000 people die from asbestos-related diseases because of past exposure to asbestos.
To keep yourself and your family safe around asbestos, take these simple steps:
As part of a regional program aimed at reducing the unsafe removal of asbestos by home renovators, Lismore City Council residents are eligible for one free 'Household Asbestos Testing' kit (while stocks last), available from the Lismore Recycling Recovery Centre or the Corporate Centre at Goonellabah.
The kit includes instructions on how to take samples safely and send to a certified testing laboratory. The results are then emailed back to residents. If asbestos is identified and requires removal, residents are urged to use a licensed asbestos removal contractor www.safework.nsw.gov.au/hazards-a-z/asbestos to remove and dispose of it safely.
For further information on household testing or disposal kits, contact council on 6625 0500 or visit www.newaste.org.au/asbestos
For further information on safe asbestos removal and disposal, visit www.asbestos.nsw.gov.au.
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