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National Asbestos Awareness Week 2021

National Asbestos Awareness week launched 22 November 2021 and this year you are asked to Think Twice About Asbestos.

Asbestos Causes Cancer

Asbestos causes cancer and is still in 1 in 3 Aussie homes. We want you to challenge complacency by reminding yourself, whether you are a homeowner, renovator and a tradesperson that the danger of asbestos is far from over.

Every year in Australia, an estimated 4,000 people die from asbestos-related disease because of past exposure. This includes the incurable cancer mesothelioma.

Asbestos can be in many locations including external and internal walls, bathrooms, toilets and laundries, kitchens, roofs, fences, and garages. Don’t risk your health or someone else’s by disturbing asbestos.

Before you start any work around the house, check if your home was built or renovated before 1990. If so, it can contain asbestos. To stay safe fixing up your place, follow these simple steps.

  1. Get in the know.
    Find out whether your home was built or renovated before 1990. Asbestos was used in thousands of building materials at the time.
  2. Take it slow.
    Don’t damage or disturb asbestos materials. This can release dangerous asbestos fibres into the air.
  3. Get a pro.
    Know your limits. Contact a licensed asbestos professional for advice on where it’s located, and on how to manage or remove it.

More Information

If you are interested in sharing the asbestos awareness message this week, you can access a stakeholder’s pack of content to share and promote in your workplace or community here.

If you have any questions or require additional resources, please email info@reflectionsorg.au