November is Asbestos Awareness Month

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NOvember is national Asbestos Awareness Month and 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 Month, all Australians especially homeowners, renovators, tradies and handymen need to ‘Get to kNOw Asbestos this November.

Visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au to learn how to protect yourself and your family from exposure to dangerous asbestos fibres.

Bellingen Shire Council’s Deputy General Manager, Matt Fanning stressed the importance of education, saying, “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 most likely be found in ANY Australian home built or renovated before 1987 even brick, weatherboard, fibro 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 is vital that Australians take the warnings seriously, that they stop playing ‘renovation roulette’ and protect themselves and their families from exposure to asbestos fibres during renovations and maintenance.

Before renovating, visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au to learn where asbestos might be found in their home, the dangers of disturbing it and how best to manage it.

Contact Council’s Building & Regulation team on 6655 7300 for further information and enquiries.