Did you know asbestos was used in more than 3000 common building materials before it was banned? And that many are still in homes and workplaces?
Asbestos hides in places you may not expect, like 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’.
You can find out what products might contain asbestos and where they were commonly located.
If you’re renovating or working on a home or building built prior to 1990, you need to be especially careful. Check the Asbestos Finder before starting work.
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.
An emergency (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.
Are you asbestos aware?
Asbestos can be found in many homes and buildings constructed before the late 1980s.
Asbestos is a group of naturally-occurring fibrous minerals. Asbestos-containing materials were popular because they were cheap to produce, lightweight, versatile and fire-resistant. Because of this, asbestos may be found in many buildings and everyday consumer items. Asbestos was gradually phased out of building materials during the 1980s and manufacturing stopped in 1987. Its use was banned completely in Australia after 31 December 2003. Asbestos can be hazardous to your health. Breathing in asbestos fibres can lead to diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Anyone who disturbs asbestos or products containing asbestos is at risk of exposure.
You can’t tell if a material contains asbestos just by looking at it. Only scientific testing of a sample can confirm this.
So, follow the golden rule – if you think it might be asbestos, treat it like it is.
To find out how to treat asbestos make sure you read the fact sheets available on this website.