Asbestos based building materials were used in the construction industry during the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's and 1980's. These materials can no longer be produced, or used in the Australian construction and manufacturing industries due to known associated health risks.
Existing older buildings may contain building elements/materials that contain asbestos. Undisturbed, undamaged and intact asbestos materials are generally considered safe.
Asbestos based materials are potentially dangerous when people build or renovate and start removing, cleaning, cutting, sanding, drilling, grinding or pulling up materials that contain asbestos as asbestos fibres can be released into the air where they can be inhaled.
- For DIY renovators, real estate agents, tradespeople and importers, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency provides information on health matters relating to asbestos.
- For owners and tenants, Tenant NSW provides information on rights and owners obligations regarding rental properties.
- SafeWork NSW provides information on how much asbestos can be removed without a licence and allows you to check the licenses of tradespeople before they undertake work on your property.
- Refer to Councils Waste and Recycling information on removal and safe disposal of asbestos
The Asbestos Register for Council Buildings lists council owned buildings and the degree to which they contain asbestos.
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