Asbestos warning for NSW home renovators

June 9, 2020, 10:34:54 AM

Asbestos warning for NSW home renovators

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NSW: If you are planning to renovate projects at home, it is important to plan, prepare, and check for asbestos before commencing any work.

Everyday areas in your home that could potentially contain asbestos include:
1. Roofs, eaves, downpipes, and insulation
2. Interior walls (often with a non-asbestos covering on the outside)
3. Kitchen splashbacks
4. Under lino, some carpets and tiles (and the cement compounds used to fix tiles)
5. Lagging around pipes, inside fuse boxes or as part of ventilation shafts
6. Fences, garden sheds and small outdoor construction like chicken coops
7. Bonded cement sheeting that makes up walls, which can be disturbed when sanded in preparation for painting.

The NSW Government’s new awareness campaign is reminding renovators about the importance of asbestos removal, particularly for homes and sheds built before 1990.

Asbestos has been banned in Australia since 2003. At the peak of its use, asbestos was found in over 3000 products.

Many of the products are still being used in homes and workplaces, particularly buildings constructed before 1990.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said this long weekend provides an ideal opportunity to tackle a DIY project, but only if it is done safely and carefully.

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