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Asbestos Awareness Week 2021

This Asbestos Awareness Week (22-28 November), we’re showing householders and tradies where they could find asbestos in homes and what they should do to stay safe.

In 1990 more than 3000 products containing asbestos were used in the construction of residential homes. If your property was built or renovated before 1990, it is likely to contain products with asbestos in them.

Asbestos products in good condition are not a risk, but if they are disturbed, broken, sanded, blasted with high pressure water or cut, they can become harmful. This is when asbestos fibres are released into the air, putting the health of yourself and others at risk. Remember, you cannot see asbestos fibres as they are invisible to the naked eye, but they are still dangerous

Check out these resources on how to work safely with asbestos for licensed asbestos removalists, professional tradespeople and DIY home renovators.


Asbestos safety session

Join us for a free digital safety session on Wednesday 24 November at 7am to learn about the hidden dangers of asbestos.

Find out how to check for and identify asbestos-containing products and how to safely handle and remove them, including new requirements for the removal of low density asbestos fibre board (LDB).

This safety session will be delivered as a live digital event.



7am MC welcome

Chris Bombolas

7.05am Safe management of asbestos in Queensland

Jodie Deakes, Executive Director
WHS Engagement and Policy Services, Office of Industrial Relations

7.20am Common locations of asbestos

Stephen Dutka, Principal Advisor
Asbestos unit, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

7.35am Asbestos industry update

Paul Johnstone, Director
Occupational Health, Hygiene and Asbestos, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

7.45am Q&A panel session

Jodie Deakes, Stephen Dutka and Paul Johnstone


Event close

*Program subject to change.