The Asbestos Awareness Campaign was launched in 2011. Working closely with stakeholders including local and state governments, not-for-profits, research organisations and businesses; in 2013 the campaign was rolled out Australia-wide as the National Asbestos Awareness Month Campaign.
With the serious health risks associated with exposure to asbestos fibres being of national concern and with 1 in every 3 Australian homes containing asbestos, the principle focus of the national campaign was to alert home renovators and tradespersons about the dangers of asbestos; provide information to assist in identifying asbestos-containing materials in and around homes built or renovated prior to 1987; and, provide information and resources on how to manage and dispose of asbestos safely.
Until 2017, the world-leading and internationally award winning Asbestos Awareness Campaign and many of the world-first resources featured on the asbestosawareness.com.au website were funded by the James Hardie Education Fund administered by the Asbestos Education Committee chaired by SafeWork NSW with some NSW and Federal Government agencies contributing additional funding.
In April 2018, oversight of the Asbestos Awareness Campaign and the asbestosawareness.com.au website was transferred from SafeWork NSW to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The EPA has since ceased funding the Asbestos Awareness Campaign and the asbestosawareness.com.au website.
The Asbestos Awareness Campaign and the majority of the content on the asbestosawareness.com.au website was researched, developed and managed by Insight Communications.
The Asbestos Awareness Campaign has focused on home renovators and tradesman by:
- Alerting those people to the dangers of asbestos;
- Alerting those people as to what products may contain asbestos and where those products may be found in existing household or other environment; and
- Advising those people as to the steps that ought be taken by people planning home renovations or who otherwise identify asbestos products in their home or other.
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