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.
The Asbestos Register for Council Buildings lists council-owned buildings and the degree to which they contain asbestos.
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