Thursday, 19 November 2015 01:00

Around 40% unsure how to deal with asbestos

Qualified asbestos removalists wrap asbestos sheeting wearing protective gear. Qualified asbestos removalists wrap asbestos sheeting wearing protective gear.

Media release, 19 November, 2015


A survey conducted across eight Western Sydney councils has found that almost 40 per cent of residents are either unaware asbestos poses a significant health risk, or are unsure how to dispose of it safely.

President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Asbestos-containing products are especially prevalent in Western Sydney homes, so it is concerning to learn that many residents don’t know how to properly manage asbestos.”

“That is why this National Asbestos Awareness Month, Western Sydney councils want ensure residents have the knowledge they need keep themselves, their families and the community safe,” he said.

“We are currently in the midst of a housing and renovation boom which means it is more important than ever to ensure residents can identify and safely dispose of asbestos waste,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Any home constructed prior to 1990 is likely to contain asbestos products. Common areas where asbestos may be found include: roofing, cladding, wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, eaves, fences and electrical switch boards,” he said.

“Homeowners planning renovations should exercise extra caution in these areas of the home. If uncertain whether asbestos is present, the best course of action is to call in an expert,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Asbestos needs to be removed by a certified contractor and disposed of at a licenced facility. It cannot be put in the kerbside garbage disposal or disposed of through regular land-fill services,” he said.

“If unsure where to start, residents should contact their local council which can provide a wealth of information on certified asbestos removalists, testing facilities and disposal centres in their local area,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Last year Western Sydney councils helped residents remove 65 tonnes of asbestos waste from over 500 homes. Councils are here to help by pointing homeowners in the right direction,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

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