Asbestos is a highly dangerous substance. If breathed in, asbestos fibres can be deadly. While the manufacture, use and re-use of asbestos was banned in Australia in 2003, it’s not a problem of the past – its legacy continues to haunt us. Around one in three Australian homes contain asbestos. Those planning DIY activities at home need to ask ‘Am I playing renovation roulette?’ and find out if asbestos may be present before cutting, sanding, drilling or dismantling.
Asbestos Awareness Month – November 2016
- Holding information sessions for staff and communities
- Mentioning asbestos awareness in the Mayoral column
- Including the Asbestos Awareness Month email signature in emails
- Printing and displaying posters and brochures
- Promoting Asbestos Awareness Month on blogs, Facebook and Twitter and council websites.
- Bega Valley Shire Council launched its new asbestos policy on Friday 21 November 2014 in Eden. The event featured the appearance of 'Betty', a purpose-built, mobile model house which demonstrates the multiple locations where asbestos might be found.
- Wollongong City Council organised a bus shelter promotion warning people of the dangers of breathing in asbestos when renovating.