Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous crystalline mineral, found in rock formations. Three main types of asbestos have been mined in Australian, including crocidolite (blue asbestos), amosite (brown asbestos) and chrysotile (white asbestos).
Asbestos cement products were commonly manufactured in WA from 1921 to 1987. The use of crocidolite ceased in 1966. Most uses of amosite ceased in May 1984. The use of chrysotile asbestos was phased out between 1981 and 1987. Manufacturing of all asbestos products ceased in 1987.
Asbestos cement products were commonly used in buildings during the establishment of all towns within the Shire of Ashburton and as a result, many current buildings may contain asbestos. Asbestos is a hazardous material. Its removal and disposal is legislated by the Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1992 and Worksafe WA. Strict requirements for the removal of asbestos must be followed.
Below are links to a number of websites that provide detailed information about Asbestos in the home, public health and required safe handling practices. There is also a handy online course developed by Cancer Council Australia designed to give the DIY home renovator basic knowledge about asbestos.
Are you playing Renovation Roulette?
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.
November is Asbestos Awareness month so is a great time to learn more, as you may be surprised at the various types of products that were made from bonded asbestos cement.
If you are thinking of renovating, please read more about the importance of safely managing asbestos.
Last updated: 16 November 2016