Advice for homeowners: Asbestos in the Home
Asbestos fibres were used widely in building materials before the mid-1980s. If your house was built or renovated before the mid-1980s, it is likely to contain asbestos cement building materials.
You may be surprised at the various types of products that were made from bonded asbestos cement included fibro sheeting (flat and corrugated), water drainage and flue pipes, roofing shingles and guttering, even the backing of vinyl sheet floor coverings.
In NSW, the use of asbestos was discontinued in all fibro sheets and products by the mid-1980s. After this, asbestos continued to be used principally in friction products, for brake and clutch linings. The manufacture and use of asbestos products was banned nationally in Australia from 31 December 2003.
The Importance of Safely Managing Asbestos in and Around the Home
Most people can’t tell whether building materials contain asbestos just by looking at them
Unless you take the required safety precautions and follow regulations, Dont cut it! Dont drill it! Dont drop it! Dont sand it! Dont saw it! Dont scrape it! Dont scrub it! Dont dismantle it! Dont tip it! Dont waterblast it! Dont demolish it! And whatever you do… Dont dump it!
If you do need to work with any material that may contain asbestos, always work so there is minimal dust or small particles released from the asbestos materials
Only scientific testing of a sample of material by an accredited National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) asbestos testing laboratory can confirm the presence of asbestos. For information on testing and accredited laboratories in your area, visit www.nata.com.au or call 1800 621 666 Asbestos materials that are in good condition are unlikely to release asbestos fibres if left undisturbed
If asbestos materials are in good condition, paint them and leave them alone.
Asbestos Education Committee http://www.asbestosawareness.com.au/
Note: Envirosaphe is said as envirosafe.