This Asbestos Awareness Week (21-27 November), we held a webinar to show householders and tradespeople why it's important to work safely with asbestos.
If your property was built or renovated before 1990, it is likely to contain products with asbestos in them. More than 3,000 of these products were used in older homes, so always play it safe before doing any renovating or cleaning the exterior of your home.
Asbestos products in good condition are not a risk to you and your family's health. But if it has been disturbed, broken, sanded, blasted with high pressure water or cut, it can become harmful. This is when asbestos fibres are released into the air and can be breathed in, putting your and others' health at risk. Remember, asbestos fibres are too small to see with the naked eye, but they are still dangerous.
Not sure where to start before doing a reno? Why not check out our resources on how to work safely with asbestos for licensed asbestos removalists, professional tradespeople and DIY home renovators.
Asbestos safety session
The asbestos safety session was held on Tuesday 22 November and covered topics including the safe management of asbestos in Queensland, the dangers of using high-pressure water blasters on asbestos products, and Julie and Don Sager's heartbreak of losing their son, Adam to mesothelioma.