Asbestos: Dont Risk It

  1. What is it
  2. Where is it found
  3. Councils Role
  4. Removal
  5. Demolition of Structures
  6. What to do
  7. Disposing of Asbestos
  8. Further Information
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was once used in building construction. If inhaled it can cause lung cancer and other serious illnesses and mesothelioma.

Asbestos is a generic term for a number of fibrous silicate rock-forming minerals. As a naturally occurring rock fibre, asbestos is mined then broken down from mineral clumps into groups of loose fibres.

 Airborne asbestos fibres are small, odourless and tasteless. It presents a health risk when it crumbles and the fine fibres are breathed into the lungs.


What is Asbestos/ACM Waste

Asbestos is a mineral fibre that can only be positively identified with a special type of microscope. There are several different types of asbestos fibres the most accurate way to find out if fibro contains asbestos/ACM is to have a licensed asbestos removal contractor inspect and test it. You can not always identify asbestos/ACM by simply looking at it.

Only fibro products made before 1987 contain asbestos/ACM. In NSW for example, the use of asbestos was discontinued in fibro sheets by 1982, in corrugated sheets by 1984 and in all other products by 1986. The manufacture and use of asbestos/ACM product was banned nationally from 31 December 2003.