Australia’s National Asbestos Awareness Month this November aims to stop Australian’s from playing ‘Renovation Roulette’. The initiative has been put together by the Asbestos Education Committee, in partnership with the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute and the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities. The campaign aims to educate homeowners, renovators, handymen and tradespeople about the dangers of asbestos and how to manage it safely.
Asbestos in Australia
Australia was among one of the largest consumers of asbestos containing materials in the world with asbestos-containing products still found in one in three brick, weatherboard, fibro or clad homes built or renovated before 1987.
A spokesman for the Asbestos Education Committee said: “Asbestos was used in the manufacture of a broad range of products. It could be anywhere! Without knowing where these types of asbestos-containing products might be located or how to manage and dispose of asbestos safely, Australian’s play a risky game of ‘Renovation Roulette’. If they disturb asbestos-containing materials and release fibres that can be inhaled, it may cause asbestos-related diseases including malignant mesothelioma.”
Asbestos can be found in carpets, linoleum, vinyl tiles, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings and ceiling space (insulation), eaves, garages, roofs, around hot water pipes, fences, extensions to homes, garages, outdoor toilets, backyard and farm structures, chicken sheds and even dog kennels.
More information: www.asbestosawareness.com.au.