Monday, 30 November 2015 10:16

Around 40 per cent unsure what to do with asbestos

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

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.”

“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.

“Last year our councils helped residents remove 65 tonnes of asbestos waste from over 500 homes through the EPA-funded Western Sydney Residential Asbestos Disposal Scheme (WSRADS),” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Cost has previously been identified as a key reason that residents don’t dispose of asbestos safely, and the feedback we received during the WSRADS program supported this,”

“However, these survey results show work also needs to be done in the awareness space; to ensure residents have the knowledge they need to keep themselves, their family and the community safe,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“This year, WSROC, along with many other councils participated in Asbestos Awareness Month and have been working to raise awareness about correct asbestos management and disposal practices,” he said.

The survey included council areas participating in the WSRADS program including: Blacktown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.

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