Most homes and/or buildings renovated or constructed before the mid-1980s will most likely contain some form of asbestos. Asbestos is not restricted to fibro homes—it can also be found:
- in brick, weatherboard or cladded homes
- in bathrooms, kitchens, laundries, garages and ceilings
- behind tiles and under carpet or lino
- in brakes, clutches and gaskets of cars.
Asbestos in home building materials does not generally pose a health risk unless the material is broken, deteriorating or disturbed. If this happens it can produce dust containing asbestos fibres. Breathing in this dust can cause many medical conditions including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
It is important for you to be aware of asbestos and its risks and how to safely manage it; without this knowledge you may be putting yourself and your family at risk.
Information about dealing with asbestos is available from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), WorkSafe Victoria, the Victorian Government - Department of Health and the Australian Government - Department of Health.
If you are concerned about asbestos in your home or on your property, or the unsafe removal, contact our Health unit on (03) 5422 0333.
Unsafe removal of asbestos by a builder or contractor should be reported to WorkSafe Victoria on (03) 9641 1555.