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Asbestos Handling and Removal

Every home built or renovated before the mid 1980’s is likely to contain asbestos. If left undisturbed asbestos generally does not pose a health risk.  

Please refer below to the following links, in regards to general information in relation to asbestos handling and removal.However, when disturbed during renovations and home maintenance, asbestos fibres can be released into the air and when inhaled, can cause life-threatening diseases including lung cancer, pleural disease, asbestosis and mesothelioma, an incurable, terminal cancer.

November is Asbestos Awareness Month 

Importantly, if you suspect you have asbestos in your home, Don't cut it! Don't drill it! Don't drop it! Don't sand it! Don't saw it! Don't scrape it! Don't scrub it! Don't dismantle it! Don't tip it! Don't water blast it! Don't demolish it! And whatever you do... DON'T DUMP IT! If you are thinking about renovating, you must be aware of asbestos. It is important for home owners and renovators to be aware of how to safely manage asbestos in and around the home.

Asbestos Awareness Website

Where Asbestos Might Be Found Within the Home - Factsheet

NSW Department of Environment and Conservation (encompassing the Environment Protection Authority)

Safely Disposing of Asbestos Waste

NSW Government

Asbestos and Health Risks

Asbestos & Fibro Renovator and Homeowners Guide

NSW Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) - Local Government Fact Sheet


NSW WorkCover - Asbestos Website

Working with Asbestos Guide

The Home Building Service (a division of the Office of Fair Trading)

Dealing with Hazardous Material

Asbestos Diseases

Asbestos Diseases Research Institute

Common and Useful Links

Waste Services (Asbestos) at Griffith City Council