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Asbestos Awareness Month November 2017

Asbestos Awareness Month November 2017

Asbestos Awareness Month

NOvember is National Asbestos Awareness Month which aims to educate Australian’s about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes because Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world. In the lead-up to Asbestos Awareness Day (Friday 24 NOvember) all Australians, especially homeowners, renovators, tradies and handymen need to ‘Get to kNOw Asbestos this NOvember’ by visiting asbestosawareness.com.au to learn how to protect themselves and families from exposure to dangerous asbestos fibres.

With asbestos-related diseases continuing to increase among Australians as a direct result of exposure to asbestos fibres during home renovations and maintenance, the importance of raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos and how best to manage it in and around homes, cannot be overstated!

During NOvember, Asbestos Awareness Month, we aim to educate as many Australian’s as possible about the dangers of asbestos and how best to manage it.

Many wrongly believe that ONLY fibro homes contain asbestos. Asbestos products can be found in ANY Australian home built or renovated before 1987 including brick, weatherboard and clad homes.

Most people can’t tell whether building materials contain asbestos just by looking at them.  Asbestos can be under floor coverings such as carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings and ceiling space (insulation), eaves, garages, around hot water pipes, fences, extensions to homes, outdoor toilets and backyard sheds – it could be anywhere!

It’s vital that Australians take the warnings seriously andstop playing ‘renovation roulette’ to protect themselves and their families from exposure to asbestos fibres during renovations and maintenance.

Before renovating, visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au and download Fact Sheets and the Healthy House Checklist to learn where asbestos might be found in their home, and how best to manage it.

During Asbestos Awareness Month Australians can also host a ‘Blue Lamington Drive’ to raise awareness of asbestos in homes and help raise vital funds for asbestos diseases research by visiting www.bluelamington.com.

Don’t play renovation roulette! When it comes to asbestos, Go Slow!  Asbestos, it’s a NO GO! Visit asbestosawareness.com.au to learn what you need to know!

The 20 Point Asbestos Safety Check(604 kb)