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I am buying an older house. How do I know if it contains asbestos?Asbestos Awareness CoupleIMG_6062

Many houses built before the mid-1980s were made from asbestos products. Have the house assessed by a qualified occupational hygienist or other suitably qualified professional.

Is there a phone number I can call for NSW Asbestos enquires?

The 1800 Asbestos Hotline (1800 272 378) established by The NSW Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) provides free advice and guidance on asbestos-related issues and is a central point of contact for all asbestos enquiries in NSW.

Mr Fluffy & Loose-Filled Asbestos

For information on loose-filled asbestos ceiling insulation material installed by Mr Fluffy during the 1960s and 1970s please contact Service NSW on 13 77 88 or visit the  Loose-Fill Asbestos Insulation Taskforce page.

Are houses with asbestos roofs safe?

If asbestos cement products are in sound condition and not disturbed, they do not pose a significant health risk. Replace roofing that is weathered, structurally unsound and no longer waterproof. A number of people have died or suffered serious injuries after falling through asbestos cement roofs. Never walk on an asbestos cement roof. They are brittle.

Some asbestos products have a low percentage of asbestos and are therefore safe for me to handle. Is that true?

Treat all products containing any amount of asbestos as potentially dangerous if disturbed. A licenced asbestos removalist should remove all asbestos containing material (ACM).

Can I bury asbestos on my property?

No. It is illegal – and poses a health risk. It must be taken to a facility that can lawfully receive asbestos waste.

For more information read the EPA’s disposing of asbestos waste in your home

To locate your closest asbestos disposal facility visit the Asbestos Safety & Eradication Agency’s disposal database

Where and how do I dispose of asbestos sheeting?

Contact your local council for waste facilities in your area.
The EPA can provide information on transporting and disposing of asbestos waste by calling 13 15 55 or visit their website and see Safely disposing of asbestos waste in your home

I am renovating my bathroom, kitchen and laundry. Should I be concerned about asbestos?

Asbestos products were often used in wet areas of older homes, such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. If in doubt, have the material tested by a qualified professional and/or removed by a licenced asbestos removalist.

If I am demolishing a fibro shed, what should I do?

If there is more than 10 square metres of fibro you MUST use a licenced asbestos removalist. If there is less than 10 metres, refer to the Code of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos NOHSC [2002(2005)].

Where do I find an asbestos removalist, and how can I be sure that they are licenced?

Asbestos removalists are listed in the Yellow Pages. Ask them for a copy of their licence, or call SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50 to confirm if they have the appropriate class of licence for the job. You can also visit the SafeWork NSW Asbestos Demolition Licence Holder Database.

Asbestos in Aboriginal Communities Project

Many Aboriginal communities contain fibro houses and buildings and it is essential to provide information regarding health risks, safe behaviours around asbestos containing materials, where it can be found and who to contact.

Aboriginal land is susceptible to illegal dumping of asbestos because it is often located in remote areas or under developed urban parcels of land.

The Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities has been working closely with the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, NSW Aboriginal Housing Office, Local Aboriginal Land Councils and Aboriginal Housing Providers to understand the asbestos issues affecting Aboriginal communities.

The Asbestos in Aboriginal Communities Project has developed a range of resources including a checklist, flyer and poster. checklist, flyer and poster.


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