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Asbestos Awareness CoupleIMG_6062I am buying an older house. How do I know if it contains asbestos?

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.

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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. To locate your closest asbestos disposal facility visit the ASEA’s database.

Where and how do I dispose of asbestos sheeting?

Contact your local council for waste facilities in your area.

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.

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 to confirm if they have the appropriate class of licence for the job.

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