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National Asbestos Awareness Month

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The Shire of Chittering is pleased to continue its support of National Asbestos Awareness Month, which takes place in November each year. This initiative aims to educate community members about the dangers of working with asbestos and protective measures that can be taken to ensure their safety and the safety of their families.  

Asbestos is likely to be present in every home built or renovated before 1987, which equates to one in three homes in Australia. It can be found in brick, weatherboard, fibro and clad homes in floor coverings, walls, ceilings, cement sheeting and anywhere where paint is flaking or peeling.  If disturbed during renovations or maintenance, asbestos can release tiny dust particles which can be extremely dangerous to your health if inhaled. Life-threatening diseases including lung cancer, pleural disease, asbestosis and mesothelioma have been linked to the inhalation of these particles.

Due to the high possibility of asbestos being present in homes, particularly those built before the mid 1980’s, it’s vital that Australians seek the expertise of a licensed asbestos removalist if in doubt during renovations. The health implications that could result for you and your family simply are not worth the risk. Don’t play renovation roulette!  Get to know asbestos this November and visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au.

 

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For further information please contact Glenn Sargeson, Principal Environmental Health Officer on 9576 4600 or via chatter@chittering.wa.gov.au.  This media statement has no regulatory value.

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