Six steps for reducing your risk

A guide for householders and the general public

Page last updated: 06 March 2013

Know where asbestos-containing products could be in your home. If in doubt, get products tested, or for safety’s sake, assume it is asbestos.

Maintain asbestos-containing products in good condition, such as through use of paint or other surface finishes, enclosures and capping.

Replace asbestos cement materials if they are damaged or are being temporarily dismantled for any reason. Ensure all friable asbestos is removed only by a licensed asbestos removalist.

Plan ahead to prevent disturbing and releasing asbestos fibres, particularly when renovating or demolishing a structure that might contain asbestos (such as a house, garage or shed).

Get advice from your local government environmental health officer, or state or territory government, on safe handling and disposal of asbestos-containing products, and on the use of appropriate protective equipment.

Engage a licensed asbestos removalist when undertaking major home renovations or demolitions where asbestos may be present. Consider checking their procedures and quality of clean-up. In some states, homeowners also require a licence for removal of asbestos-containing materials.

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