Asbestos safety

Asbestos safety
What is Asbestos?

Understanding Asbestos

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring fibrous silicate mineral. It was considered a versatile product, because it is able to withstand heat, erosion and decay and has fire and water resistant properties.

It becomes a health risk when asbestos fibres are released into the air and breathed in.

Asbestos building materials is described as either “non-friable” or “friable”.

  • There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres!
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You need to know about Asbestos health risks and safety requirements

  • In Australia, a complete ban of asbestos and its products became effective in 2003.
  • Most people can’t tell whether building materials contain asbestos just by looking at them. Only scientific testing of a sample of material by an accredited National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) asbestos testing laboratory can confirm the presence of asbestos.

For a NATA Lab List call 1800 621 666 or refer to their website at 

  • When working in and around the home or renovating, if in doubt, assume you are dealing with asbestos and take every precaution.
  • The safest way to manage the removal of asbestos is to hire a licenced asbestos removal contractor.
  • Where asbestos fibres are friable (loose and not bonded into building materials), only licenced friable asbestos removalists are allowed to remove it.
  • If you do need to work with any material that may contain asbestos, ensure you take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself and minimise the release of dust or small particles from the asbestos materials that may affect others including children.
Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets

Asbestos at home

Asbestos for tradies

Removing Asbestos

Legal requirements

Remember: If the asbestos is in powder form or can be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to powder by hand pressure when dry, it must be removed by an asbestos removal contractor with a friable asbestos licence.

For disposal of Asbestos please contact the Shire on

  9927 0000 or

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