MEDIA RELEASE 12 November 2015
Don’t play Renovation Roulette! - Get to kNOw Asbestos this NOvember!
Bathurst Regional Council is urging residents to Get to kNOw Asbestos this NOvember by visiting asbestosawareness.com.au to take the 20 Point Safety Check and learn how to manage asbestos-containing materials in and around homes safely during national Asbestos Awareness Month.
Mayor of Bathurst Cr Gary Rush said with one in three Australian homes containing asbestos in some form or another and with the popularity of home renovation programs rising, now more than ever before we want all homeowners, renovators and tradesmen in our community to Get to kNOw Asbestos and how to protect themselves and their families from dangerous asbestos fibres.”
“Asbestos could be found anywhere and home owners would be surprised at where they might find the hidden danger of asbestos in a home built or renovated before 1987.” Cr Gary Rush said.
Peter Dunphy Chair of the Asbestos Education Committee heading the national Asbestos Awareness Month campaign praised Council’s participation in the annual campaign saying, “While many Australians believe that only fibro homes contain asbestos, this couldn’t be further from the truth.”
“Because Australia was among the highest consumers of asbestos products in the world, asbestos-containing materials are common in many homes built or renovated before 1987 with a broad range of products still commonly found in and around any brick, weatherboard, fibro or clad home.”
“Without knowing where these products might be found in homes, people are playing ‘Renovation Roulette’ and putting their health and the health of families at risk.”
“By visiting asbestosawareness.com.au people will be able to easily search to identify the sorts of products to look for, the locations of where they might be found and learn how to manage asbestos and dispose of it safely,” Mr Dunphy said.
While renovators and their families are at risk of exposure to asbestos fibres, tradespeople are particularly vulnerable as they come into contact with products that may contain asbestos every day of their working life and need to be aware of the risks and know safe management practices of working with asbestos.
Does your home contain asbestos? How would you kNOw? Stop playing Renovation Roulette! Get to kNOw Asbestos this November by visiting asbestosawareness.com.au and take the 20 Point Safety Check.
Learn to identify products that may contain asbestos in your home and property, where it might be found and learn how to manage it and dispose of it safely. It’s not worth the risk!
Caption: Asbestos Awareness Month poster- Don’t play Renovation Roulette!
More information: Emma Curtis Media & Communication Officer