Asbestos Awareness Week

This Asbestos Awareness Week, 23 - 29 November 2020, WorkSafe ACT is reminding tradies to be asbestos aware because it lurks in more places than you'd think.

You might find asbestos in many places including:

· Roofs, eaves, downpipes and insulation

· Interior walls

· Kitchen splashbacks

· Lagging around pipes, inside fuse boxes or as part of ventilation shafts

· Fences, garden sheds and small outdoor construction like chicken coops

Asbestos becomes dangerous once the fibres are disturbed, become airborne and then inhaled. This can happen if you're sanding, drilling, cutting or sawing asbestos.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and inhaling asbestos fibres can cause a number of life-threatening diseases including pleural disease, asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Don't risk the possible health effects of asbestos exposure. So make sure you know the work health and safety rules about removing asbestos, and remember to notify us at least five days before removal. Find out more on our Asbestos page.

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