Are you doing work on your home?
If you’re renovating or working on a home or building built before the late 1980s, it probably contains asbestos. Asbestos was used in more than 3000 common building materials before it was banned in Australia.
Asbestos materials are in flooring, kitchens, bathrooms, as well as roofs, ceilings and walls. What’s more, there is no known safe minimum level of exposure.
That’s why we have developed an ‘Asbestos finder’. Look through it before you start work.
You can find out what products might contain asbestos and where they are commonly located.
What if you think you have asbestos?
If you think its asbestos, treat it like it is and call in the professionals to help you assess it and remove it. You can find licensed asbestos assessors and removalists on SafeWork NSW.
Remember, asbestos containing materials that are undisturbed are safe.
How should asbestos be removed and disposed of?
All asbestos waste, even if small pieces, needs to be properly wrapped and labelled and disposed of at a waste facility that can lawfully accept asbestos. You can also store it until it can be disposed of correctly. Find out more at the NSW Environment Protection Authority.
What do you do in an emergency?
Emergencies (such as fire, flood, storm, explosion or accident) can cause damage to buildings or land that contains asbestos. This can create site contamination issues and potential exposure to emergency service workers, occupants and the public. If assistance is required contact 000 or visit NSW Fire and Rescue.
If your property has been damaged in the 2019 - 2020 bushfires visit the NSW Environment Protection Authority to find out how to keep safe.