Be Asbestos Aware this November

During National Asbestos Awareness month, Cessnock City Council is urging homeowners, renovators, tradies and handymen to get informed about asbestos and learn how to protect themselves and families from exposure.
During National Asbestos Awareness month, Cessnock City Council is urging homeowners, renovators, tradies and handymen to get informed about asbestos and learn how to protect themselves and families from exposure.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said Council is always pleased to be involved in Asbestos Awareness month, as at least one in three homes in Australia contain the dangerous fibres.

“Anyone in the community doing home renovations, maintenance or demolition could be putting their family’s health at risk. I encourage anyone undertaking works to refer to the 20 point asbestos safety checklist,” Cr Pynsent said.

Chair of the Asbestos Education Committee, Peter Dunphy praised Council’s participation in the campaign.

“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”, Mr Dunphy said.

“Without knowing where these products might be found in homes, people are playing ‘Renovation Roulette’ and putting their health and the health of their families at risk.

Asbestos can be anywhere. Under floor coverings such as carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings and ceiling space (insulation), eaves, garages, roofs, around hot water pipes, fences, extensions to homes, garages, outdoor toilets, backyard and farm sheds, chook sheds and even dog kennels.

Visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au for more information including a handy 20 point asbestos safety check.