Asbestos

Foreword

A guide for householders and the general public

Page last updated: 06 March 2013

I am pleased to introduce this updated guide for the general public on health risks associated with asbestos, especially during renovations.

My strong advice is that householders should engage experienced and licensed professionals to undertake home renovations where asbestos is likely to be present and/or to undertake asbestos removal.

There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres.

Where householders do make the decision to undertake home renovations where asbestos is, or may be, present, this guide provides useful information to minimise the associated risks.

I wish to thank the Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) for all their work in developing and updating the guide. enHealth is made up of representatives from the state, territory and Australian governments. It is a standing committee of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.

The guide will be further updated following a literature review being undertaken this year.

Professor Chris Baggoley
Australian Government Chief Medical Officer
Chair, Australian Health Protection Principal Committee