Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material, which has been mined in Australia& overseas from several types of mineral rock. Asbestos has the potential to cause lung disease if inhaled.

Removal of asbestos from domestic premises

  • Generally asbestos products left undisturbed do not present a significant health risk provided the material is in reasonable condition.
  • A homeowner may remove asbestos from their own property without a licence provided they follow the safety control measures described on the Safe Work SA webpage.
  • Once asbestos waste products have been safely removed, packaged and labelled, they must be transported to an EPA licensed landfill or waste transfer station.
  • Some renovation or demolition activities may require planning/building approval, please contact The Barossa Council on 8563 8444 before the commencement of any work.

 

National Asbestos Awareness Campaign

National Asbestos Awareness Month is the initiative of the Asbestos Education Committee working in partnership with the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute and is suported by the Federal Asbestos Safety & Education Agency and various levels of government, nationally.  The campaign was developed and is managed by Insight Communications.

If left undisturbed asbestos generally does not pose a health risk.  However, when disturbed during renovations and home maintenance, asbestos fibres can be released in to the air and when inhaled, can cause life-threatening diseases including lung cancer, pleural disease, asbestosis and mesothelioma.  With every home built or renovated before 1987  likely to contain asbestos, the campaign's primary objective is to educate Australians about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes and how to manage it safely.

Organisations, individuals and communities Australia-wide are invited to participate  in the Annual Asbestos Awareness Month Campaign.  By registering your participation at asbestosawareness.com.au/register, organisations and individuals can actively engage with their community and stakeholders to promote awareness of asbestos in and around homes, as well as dangers to homeowners, renovators, tradies and handymen when asbestos is disturbed.  Importantly, participation can also aid in preventing the illegal dumping of asbestos in communities.

Further Information

Asbestos Website - General Information, Dealing with Asbestos, Practical Tips, Asbestos & the law, Resources

Asbestos SA, Mineral Fibres Unit (08) 83030405

Environment Protection Authority (08) 82042000

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance  1800 336 0086