Whether you’re a workplace/tradesperson or a DIY renovator, if a house (or garage, shed or commercial building) was built or renovated before the 1990s, it probably contains some form of asbestos.
Where it's found
Asbestos was added to over 3,000 products, including (but not limited to) those used in home areas commonly renovated or repaired:
- under vinyl floors, behind tiles and in carpet underlay
- carports, sheds and outbuildings
- guttering, downpipes and roof sheeting
Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and inhaling asbestos fibres can be associated with increased incidences of diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Even limited or short-term exposure to asbestos fibres can be dangerous.
Who it could affect
Whether you’re a weekend renovator or a tradie doing their job, find out how you can be safe working around asbestos.