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Dangers of asbestos. Why safety should go first.

What are the dangers of asbestos ?

It is no secret that exposure to asbestos particles have caused sickness and death due to asbestos related illness. Here are some things you should know before renovating or removing asbestos.

Why is it dangerous?

Asbestos is a building material commonly used in Australian homes and buildings around the 1940s and the 1970s. If disturbed, the fine particles can be inhaled and severely damage the lungs. This can cause diseases called asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs and there is no cure. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure.

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What will happen if I renovate and I have asbestos present ?

1 in 3 Australian homes contain some form of asbestos. Weatherboard and fibro clad homes contain asbestos, however brick homes can also contain asbestos which covers many homes in Sydney. If you disturb the asbestos in your home, you are putting yourself, family and friends at risk. You should never attempt to remove asbestos by yourself.

What are your options?

Professionals can also give you advice to find out how to work with asbestos safely or have it removed legally. Asbestos in good condition can safely be painted and left where it is. Professionals must have a licence to remove or assess asbestos.

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Removing asbestos safely.

There are laws in Australia that guide the removal and disposal of asbestos. A licensed asbestos removalist should remove damaged asbestos. They must remove it safely, wrap it to certain specifications and dispose of it in special disposal sites. Fines apply to individuals that try to do this themselves.