Asbestos dangers in Renovations

Exposure to Asbestos Dangers as a result of home owners not protecting themselves adequately continues to be of major concern. We hear many anecdotal stories about owners that still do not understand the dangers that Asbestos presents.

To highlight the importance of protective measures, we refer to an article in the Medical Journal of  Australia back in August 2013.

The article written by  showed us that the doctors are bracing themselves for 40 years of asbestos illness.

Do-it-yourself home renovators are regularly exposing themselves and their children to cancer-causing asbestos, a study of NSW residents has found.

Experts say the disturbing findings show that, despite repeated warnings,  Australians are still not protecting themselves from asbestos-related  diseases.

The study of almost 860 people who  recently completed a do-it-yourself  renovation found more than 61 per cent said they had been exposed to asbestos.  More than one in five said their children had been exposed.

The article then went on to say

”The fact that more than 60 per cent of people said they were exposed – and  that’s just the people who could recall they were exposed – means that the level  of awareness about the dangers of asbestos is insufficient,” he said. ”People  need to think before they cut.”

Professor van Zandwijk said Australia had been the world’s highest per-capita  user of asbestos.

”Asbestos building materials were tremendously popular in the previous  century, particularly in the post-war period,” he said. ”It was cheap and it  was used everywhere.”

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