Asbestos report before home sales.

asbestos report before home saleAsbestos report before home sales

Workplace  Relations Minister Bill Shorten gave his personal backing to the  asbestos report before home sales alert strategy.

He said one in every three homes built between 1945 and the mid-80s contain  asbestos, a mineral fibre that can cause the lethal lung cancer  mesothelioma.

“If I was purchasing a home, I would want to know if it contained asbestos or  not,” he told News Limited.

“Obviously I am conscious of the additional cost implications associated with  mandating such measures.”

Mr Shorten said the government would work with state and territory  governments, the Australian Institute of Architects’ Archicentre service, and  consumer group Choice.

His department’s Office of Asbestos Safety is seeking public comment on a  proposal to require an “asbestos content report” from a licensed assessor  before properties are sold, leased or renovated.

The ACT already requires sellers and landlords to provide an “asbestos  advice” with each sale or rental contract.

The plan is being championed by government’s Australian Asbestos Management  Review chairman, former ACTU assistant secretary Geoff Fary.

Mr Fary said the asbestos reports – including an inspection and sample  testing by an accredited laboratory – would cost $150 to $200.

“For the cost people would incur when they’re selling a house, that’s chicken  feed,” he told News Limited.

“By doing that, we save people from being exposed to airborne asbestos which  could cost them their lives, so it’s a reasonable impost.

“Rather than nitpicking over costs, we need to get on with it.”

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