Asbestos Awareness

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

With Australia having one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world, this year's awareness month is themed 'Get to kNOw asbestos this NOvember'.

Council participation

Councils are encouraged to invite their employees and communities to events during Asbestos Awareness Month and host their own events to raise awareness about asbestos.
 
Actions councils can undertake include:
 
  • 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.
 
Specific actions and events councils have undertaken in the past include:
 
  • Wollongong City Council organised a bus shelter promotion warning people of the dangers of breathing in asbestos when renovating.

Resources for Councils

Various resources, including media kits and digital resources are available to councils who register their participation on the Asbestos Awareness Month website.