National Asbestos Awareness Month

News Update 2 November 2017

Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world.

This November Asbestos Awareness Month aims to educate Australians about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes and how best to manage it.

The National Asbestos Awareness Month Campaign is the initiative of the Asbestos Education Committee working in partnership with the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute and the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities.

Launched  in  2011,  the  campaign  became  a  national  initiative  in  2012  with  the  aim  of  increasing  awareness  of  the  dangers  of asbestos among homeowners, renovators and tradespersons and has been internationally recognised as a world leading community health education campaign featuring in the prevention of asbestos-related diseases.

Healthy House Checklist
The Healthy House Checklist is designed to empower homeowners and renovators with a better understanding of the possible locations of asbestos-containing materials in homes and the knowledge they need to ensure it is managed safely.

The Healthy House Checklist provides a practical guide for homeowners enabling them to conduct a simple step-by-step easy to follow visual inspection of their property.

These Checklists include product images and lists each possible location where asbestos-containing materials might be found both inside and outside homes. By following simple step-by-step instructions, in less than an hour homeowners can have a better understanding of the types of products that might be in their home and if it’s in need of maintenance, repair or removal.

Importantly, if planning any renovation or refurbishment to their property such as replacing floorcoverings, fencing or roofing, homeowners will know in advance if they need to engage a licenced asbestos assessor or removalist to ensure the work is done safely.
The Checklist also enables homeowners to maintain a record of possible asbestos locations should work or renovations be anticipated in the future and monitor asbestos-containing materials to ensure they remain sealed. An APP version of the Healthy House Checklist is being released during the 2017 Asbestos Awareness Month Campaign at the beginning of November.

For more information visit Asbestos Awareness

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