National Asbestos Awareness Month

National Asbestos Awareness Month Campaign 1 – 30 November
Play it safe with asbestos! - Visit - It’s not worth the risk!
On Friday 1 November, Australia’s first national Asbestos Awareness Month will be launched to urge all Australian’s to ‘stop playing renovation roulette’ in a campaign to fight the current wave of asbestos-related diseases caused by inhaling dangerous asbestos fibres while renovating or maintaining homes.

And as you all may know we are in full swing of things in the renovation front and now I am scared!! I was up in the roof a few weeks ago and said to my partner, is this stuff asbestos? “This stuff” is old school insulation, which I watched a show about saying a long time ago they used to mix asbestos through it or something… I got really scared and I think now every little thing we do with the house I will always refer back to and make sure it is right.

Don’t play renovation roulette Australia! Visit to learn where asbestos might be in your home and how to manage it safely because it’s not worth the risk!

That’s the warning the Asbestos Education Committee working in partnership with the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute is issuing during Australia’s first Asbestos Awareness Month in November.
Australia has been ranked among the world’s top consumers of asbestos cement products per capita with asbestos products used in almost every brick, weatherboard, fibro or clad home built or renovated before 1987. However, most people can’t tell whether materials contain asbestos just by looking at them.
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, roofs, around hot water pipes, fences, extensions to homes, outdoor toilets, backyard and farm sheds, chook sheds and even dog kennels. It could be anywhere!
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There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres. If homeowners damage or disturb asbestos products when renovating or maintaining their home and release fibres into the air, they’re playing renovation roulette and putting their health and the health of their family at risk.
With Australia having one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world, unless homeowners start taking this warning seriously, the number of Australians diagnosed with mesothelioma (an incurable asbestos-related cancer) will continue to rise.
If left undisturbed asbestos generally doesn’t pose a health risk. However, a 4 year study by researcher Nola J Olsen et al showed that more than one third of women in West Australia diagnosed with mesothelioma had a history of home renovation with exposure to asbestos fibres as the most likely cause of their deadly disease.