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If you are an employer or business, you are responsible for managing asbestos in the workplace. It is your responsibility to be aware of any asbestos products in the workplace and understand the dangers related to them.
Asbestos was commonly used in Australia in many different products, including fibro, flue pipes, drains, roofs, gutters, brakes, clutches and gaskets.
Inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. The risk of contracting these diseases increases with the number of fibres inhaled, and the risk of lung cancer from inhaling asbestos fibres is also greater if you smoke.
Bonded asbestos is in a form where asbestos fibres are held within another material (for example cement) but does not include friable asbestos. When dry, bonded asbestos materials cannot be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to powder by hand pressure.
Friable Asbestos is asbestos (whether or not contained in other material) that (a) is crumbly, dusty or powdery; or (b) when dry, can be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to powder by hand pressure. Examples of friable asbestos include, sprayed asbestos coating or insulation, asbestos lagging, loose asbestos and asbestos in its raw form.
Legally you are entitled to remove asbestos from your household if you follow certain guidelines, however it is strongly recommended that you contact a local asbestos removal specialist. If you wish to remove friable asbestos from your house you are limited to 10 square metres or 100 kilograms. Waste must be stored in and transported in an environmentally safe manner including wetting down and covering with plastic. Proper protective clothing and equipment must also be utilised as serious penalties for breaking the law apply. You must then seek out an acceptable facility that will accept your waste. It is for all of these reasons, safer for everyone that you contact a professional asbestos removal contractor.
If you are doing a renovation, extension or even your own demolition to save some money, make sure you are asbestos aware. Many older houses on the Central Coast of NSW contain asbestos products. Your safest way to protect you and your family is to contact an asbestos removal specialist. If you would like to do some further reading please click the following link for the NSW Government fact sheet