Asbestos Awareness Month aims to educate Australians about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes because Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world.

Australia was among the  largest  consumers  of  asbestos-containing  materials  in  the  world with  asbestos used in the manufacture of a broad range of building and decorator products that can still be found in brick,  weatherboard, fibro or clad homes.

Today, asbestos - containing materials remain in 1 in every 3 Australian homes so it’s vital that homeowners, renovators,  handymen  and  tradespeople visit  asbestosawareness.com.au  to learn where  these  types  of Asbestos -containing materials might be found and how to manage and dispose of asbestos safely

Asbestos could be anywhere!   Under floor coverings including carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles, behind wall  and  floor tiles,  in  cement floors,  internal  and  external  walls,  ceilings  and  ceiling  space  (insulation),  eaves, garages,  roofs,  around  hot  water  pipes,  fences,  extensions  to  homes,  garages,  outdoor  toilets,  backyard and farm structures, chook sheds and even dog kennels.  If asbestos-containing  materials are  disturbed  during  renovations  or maintenance and fibres  are released that can be inhaled they can cause asbestos-related diseases including malignant mesothelioma.

There is no cure for mesothelioma, a cancer that can develop between 20 - 50 years after inhaling asbestos  fibres -the  average  survival  time  is  just  10-12  months  following  diagnosis.

Inhaling  asbestos  fibres  can also  cause  lung  cancer,  asbestosis  and  benign  pleural  disease.  Because  there  is  no  known  safe  level  of exposure  to  asbestos  fibres,  it’s  extremely  important  for  all  Australians  to  safely  manage  asbestos -containing materials that might be found in and around their homes.  Homeowners,  renovators,  tradies  and  handymen  are urged to  stop  playing  ‘Renovation  Roulette!

Visit  asbestosawareness.com.au  to learn what you need to know about asbestos and how to manage it safely.