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Think twice about asbestos: what to know before you start renovating

Asbestos Awareness Week is a great reminder to pay attention to asbestos safety.

During National Asbestos Awareness Week (22 to 28 November), all Australians are reminded to think twice about asbestos.

Asbestos shows up in 1 in 3 homes.

Before you start that DIY home project or even if you’re a tradie, you should run through this quick checklist.

  • Get in the know – find out if your home was built or renovated before 1990. Asbestos was used in thousands of building materials before 1990.
  • Go slow – don’t damage or disturb asbestos materials.
  • Get a pro – know your limits. Get a licensed asbestos professional to give advice on where asbestos is located and how to manage or remove it safely.

When asbestos is disturbed small fibres can be harmful if they’re inhaled. Around 4,000 Australians die each year from diseases related to asbestos.

Find out about Asbestos Awareness Week and more information on the Asbestos in NSW website.

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