While there is no requirement to identify asbestos in your domestic home, warning tradespeople and contractors that asbestos may be present will assist them to safely carry out work at your house.
A warning sticker could inform and help them to avoid exposure to asbestos fibres. It could also help reduce the risk of exposure to you or other members of your family as a result of a tradesperson unknowingly disturbing a product containing asbestos.
To know whether your home contains asbestos, consider:
the age of your house – as a general rule, if your house was built:
before the mid-1980s it is highly likely that it has asbestos-containing materials
between the mid-1980s and 1990 it is likely that it has asbestos-containing materials
after 1990 it is highly unlikely that it has asbestos-containing materials. However, it is possible some houses built in the 1990s and early 2000s may still have used asbestos cement materials until the total ban in December 2003.
the material or products used when constructing the home or subsequent renovations (e.g. asbestos-cement sheeting for interior/exterior walls, ceilings and roofs, gaskets, asbestos backed vinyl or vinyl tiles; sealants and mastics)
whether all the asbestos has been previously removed during renovation. Do not assume that all asbestos has been removed. Some renovators may simply have sheeted over the top of asbestos sheeting or there may be other building products used that you are unaware contain asbestos.
How do I indicate there may be asbestos?
You can apply a sticker to warn visiting tradespeople, contractors or members of the household that some areas of the house may contain asbestos. Common areas the labels could be fixed to include the switchboard, meter box, cupboard door under laundry, linen cupboard door or some other common areas where tradespeople may see the warning.