Asbestos Awareness Month
November is Asbestos Awareness month! National Asbestos Awareness Month is the initiative of the Asbestos Education Committee working in partnership with the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute and is supported by the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia, the Federal Asbestos Safety & Education Agency and various levels of government, nationally. The campaign was developed and is managed by Insight Communications.
Asbestos Awareness Month aims to educate Australians about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes because Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world.
With asbestos-related diseases continuing to increase among Australians as a direct result of exposure to asbestos fibres during home renovations and maintenance, the importance of raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos and how best to manage it in and around homes, cannot be overstated!
Many wrongly believe that ONLY fibro homes contain asbestos. Asbestos products can most likely be found in ANY Australian home built or renovated before 1987 even brick, weatherboard, fibro and clad homes.
If left undisturbed asbestos generally does not pose a health risk. However, when disturbed during renovations and home maintenance, asbestos fibres can be released into the air and when inhaled, can cause life-threatening diseases including lung cancer, pleural disease, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
With every home built or renovated before 1987 it is likely to contain asbestos, the campaign’s primary objective is to educate Australians about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes and how to manage it safely.
Asbestos can be found under floor coverings such as carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings, eaves, garages, around hot water pipes, fences, extensions to homes, outdoor toilets, dog kennels, chook yards and backyard sheds – it could be anywhere!
It’s vital that people take the warnings seriously, that they stop playing ‘renovation roulette’ and protect themselves and their families from exposure to asbestos fibres during renovations and maintenance.
Everyone needs to think smart, think safe - it’s not worth the risk!
Additional information on asbestos and managing asbestos can be found below or visit http://asbestosawareness.com.au/
|Dangers of Asbestos|
|Tradies and Asbestos|
|Asbestos in the Home|
|Fact Sheets & Checklists for Homeowners & Tradies|
|Disposal & Legalities|