Protect your home from Asbestos

The City of Melville’s highest priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of its residents and with November marked as Asbestos Awareness Month, it is an opportunity to educate residents and local business owners about the appropriate actions to take when disposing of asbestos waste.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said it was important for residents to know how to safely dispose of asbestos waste and avoid inhaling dangerous dust and fibres that could put your health at risk.

“We all know that Asbestos was widely used in building materials before 1987, so if your home was built or renovated before this time there is a high chance it does contain asbestos” Mayor Aubrey said.

“If asbestos material is left undisturbed in your home and in good condition it does not pose any immediate health risk, however it is good practice to regularly check there is no wear or tear in any asbestos sheeting.

“Asbestos can be found anywhere, in many wet rooms in homes, under floor coverings, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, in internal and external walls, in garages and in ceilings. As asbestos cannot always be identified easily, it is always recommended to treat a material as suspect.

The City of Melville is also committed to reducing potentially dangerous asbestos hazards around community areas such as public buildings and bus stops.

When starting on work in the home or office it is important to wet asbestos material to reduce airborne fibres, minimise the number of people in your work area and decontaminate yourself and equipment that has been used after work has finished.

It is also safe to paint asbestos as this will seal the release of fibres, however if any other renovation work is going to be undertaken all the proper safety precautions must be taken by wearing personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks and coveralls

The 1992 Health (Asbestos) Regulations make it an offence to store, break, damage, cut, repair, remove or dispose of any material containing asbestos without taking reasonable measures to prevent asbestos fibres entering the atmosphere.

For more information about the handling or disposal of material containing asbestos before commencing any work around the home or office visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au or www.melvillecity.com.au/asbestos.