ASBESTOS LURKS – in more places than you’d think!November 2019
Monday 25 November kicks off National Asbestos Awareness Week, and Reflections is calling on Australians not to be complacent about the dangers of harmful asbestos fibres.
With the theme of “ASBESTOS LURKS – in more places than you’d think”, Reflections is joining hundreds of government and non-government organisations, in encouraging Australians to be aware of where asbestos might be found.
It’s a fact of life that living in Australian means living with asbestos – Australia was one of the highest worldwide users of asbestos through history, and despite its use being banned since 2003, large amounts of asbestos are still present in many Australian homes, workplaces and the environment.
It is estimated that 4,000 Australians are dying from asbestos-related diseases every year.
At the height of its use, asbestos was in over 3,000 products and many of these products are still contained in our homes and workplaces.
Inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause a range of deadly diseases including mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer. There is no cure and prognosis is extremely poor. Most people diagnosed with mesothelioma die from it.
For some time now, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) home renovators have been a group at risk of exposure to asbestos in the home environment, along with tradespeople working in homes.
It is vital to ensure that homeowners and renovators are vigilant to the risks. That’s why Asbestos Awareness Week is educating Australian homeowners and DIY renovators about the likely presence of asbestos in older homes – and in places they might not think about.
Knowing what you’re dealing with is also vitally important, as in many cases it is impossible to tell the difference between a product that contains asbestos and one that does not, as some companies manufactured identical-looking products after the asbestos ban.
DIY renovators are encouraged to always seek help and advice in identifying asbestos and getting it safely removed and disposed of.
Asbestos Awareness Week is a chance for all Australians to become aware of where in the home or workplace asbestos could be, and to make sure they know what to do to avoid becoming exposed.
If you or someone you know, is affected by asbestos-related disease, Reflections runs a support network connecting sufferers and their families and providing resources to assist in the journey.
Contact Paige on 0481 553 575 for more information.