Be Asbestos Aware

Inner West Council is urging local renovators, builders, and tradies to be ‘Asbestos Aware’ during National Asbestos Awareness Month in November.

It is estimated that one in three Australian homes contains asbestos, and that every house built or renovated in the years leading up 1987 probably contain asbestos.

Inner West Council is particular has a lot of older homes, combined with a high number of renovations going on at any given time.

While a conservative estimate is that at least one third of homes in Australia contain asbestos – including brick houses – it’s also true that if asbestos is undisturbed it generally does not pose a health risk. In fact the advice is, if asbestos materials are in good condition, paint them and leave them alone.

For more information go to www.asbestosawareness.com.au The website has many resources for renovators, such as a 20 Point Safety Check and advice on disposal and legalities.

All Inner West Council websites also have information for homeowners and renovators: Ashfield Leichhardt Marrickville

Council has supported the initiative since the first awareness month in 2011. In 2012, the Model Asbestos Policy for NSW Councils, which assists individual councils to develop a comprehensive and compliant asbestos policy for their local government area, was launched in the local government area.

The launch also included the first appearance of the Betty ADRI house, a mobile display that shows where asbestos might be found in and around any Australian homes.

For an appropriate print quality image, contact the Communication team.

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Page last updated: 20 Nov 2018