Asbestos is a deadly material that was used to construct homes in Australia. While it’s true that it was primarily used in homes and buildings built before 1990, it doesn’t mean that your modern home is risk-free. Some asbestos products were still being imported and used to make homes built after 1990, meaning you could still be at risk. Breathing in asbestos fibres can lead to lung cancer and mesothelioma, which is why it’s extremely important to remove any asbestos present in your home or office.
Common Places Where Loose Or Bonded Asbestos Can Be Found In Your Home:
Precautions To Take When Removing Asbestos
Bonded asbestos products that are in good condition are low risk compared to asbestos fibres. While you’re allowed to remove it yourself, using a licensed professional is always a better idea as removal can disturb the fibres, releasing them into the air you breathe. If you do decide to remove any asbestos yourself, the following precautions apply:
Once you’re done and sufficiently clean the area, wash your hands thoroughly and change your clothes, disposing of it appropriately with a plastic bag.
Once you’re ready for disposal, contact the Environment Protection Authority to find your nearest authorised facility. Remember even when transporting the asbestos to the disposal facility, you should take every precaution to ensure your safety, those of your family and the environment.
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