The importance of raising Asbestos Awareness in the Community

Asbestos awarenessThere needs to be continued focus on raising Asbestos Awareness in the Community.

 

It is vital to educate as many Australians as possible on Asbestos Awareness including the dangers of asbestos and how best to manage it.

Asbestos can be found under floor coverings such as carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings, eaves, garages, around hot water pipes, fences, extensions to homes, outdoor toilets, dog kennels, chook yards and backyard sheds. It could be anywhere!

At Queensland Asbestos Management Services, one of our social objectives is to continue to raise awareness throughout the community of not only the potential hiding locations of asbestos but also the risks of DIY asbestos removal or management. One of our key messages is taken from the NSW Asbestos Awareness Campaign, which is is¬†“Don’t play¬†Renovation Roulette”

If you are thinking about renovating, your level of Asbestos Awareness is critical and it is important for home owners and renovators to be aware of how to safely manage asbestos in and around the home. Asbestos is a killer, there is no reason to take risks.

Importantly, if you suspect you have asbestos in your home, Don’t cut it! Don’t drill it! Don’t drop it! Don’t sand it! Don’t saw it! Don’t scrape it! Don’t scrub it! Don’t dismantle it! Don’t tip it! Don’t water-blast it! Don’t demolish it! And whatever you do… Don’t dump it!

If you are ever in doubt it is recommended that you contact a professional to help identify the dangers before you start works and if necessary have licensed professionals remove the risk for you.

For more information on Asbestos, its dangers and where you may find it, a fantastic source of information and resource can be located here.