Asbestos Detection in Your Home

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  • Most people can’t tell whether building materials contain asbestos just by looking at them
  • Unless you take the required safety precautions and follow regulations, Don’t cut it! Don’t drill it! Don’t drop it! Don’t sand it! Don’t saw it! Don’t scrape it! Don’t scrub it! Don’t dismantle it! Don’t tip it! Don’t waterblast it! Don’t demolish it! And whatever you do… Don’t dump it!
  • If you do need to work with any material that may contain asbestos, always work so there is minimal dust or small particles released from the asbestos materials
  • Only scientific testing of a sample of material by an accredited National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) asbestos testing laboratory can confirm the presence of asbestos. For information on testing and accredited laboratories in your area call 1800 621 666 or refer to their website at When searching for an asbestos testing facility use a capital A in Asbestos.
  • Asbestos materials that are in good condition are unlikely to release asbestos fibres if left undisturbed
  • If asbestos materials are in good condition, paint them and leave them alone


  • The use of asbestos in products has been banned since 2003
  • For important information about working with asbestos read Safe Work Australia’s ‘Safe Removal of Asbestos 2nd Edition [NOHSC: 2002 (2005)]
  • Asbestos — A guide for householders and the general public has been produced by The Department of Health to provide useful information to enable householders to sensibly and safely manage the risks arising from any occasional encounters with asbestos materials in and around their homes
  • Asbestos Awareness have produced a number of Fact Sheets on how to safely manage asbestos in your home

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