If you are thinking about renovating, you must be aware of asbestos.Importantly, if you suspect you have asbestos in your home, Don't cut it! Don't drill it! Don't drop it! Don't sand it! Don't saw it! Don't scrape it! Don't scrub it! Don't dismantle it! Don't tip it! Don't water-blast it! Don't demolish it! And whatever you do... Don't dump it! Extreme care must be taken with the handling and disposal of asbestos-based products.
Asbestos is a known carcinogen. The inhalation of asbestos fibres is known to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
Asbestos poses a risk to health by inhalation whenever asbestos fibres become airborne and people are exposed to these fibres.
Disturbing asbestos may cause fine asbestos fibres to become airborne, which can be breathed in and penetrate the deepest parts of the lungs.
Repairs and renovations that involve removing, cleaning, cutting, drilling, sanding or painting can all release dangerous fibres into the air.
Unfortunately asbestos fibres were widely used in building materials before the mid-1980s and houses built or renovated prior to then they may contain asbestos.
Between 1945 and 1954, 70,000 asbestos cement houses were built in NSW and until the 1960s more than 25% of all new houses in Australia were clad in the material.
Please make immediate contact with Council's Development Services Department for advice on the correct removal and handling procedures.
asbestos fact sheet (PDF) (2.46 MB)