The Victorian Government has a website titled Asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral found in rock. Three types of Asbestos were mined in Australia prior to 1983. They were blue, brown and white. From December 2003 all Asbestos was banned from Australia.
If you are undertaking any repairs, maintenance etc. to buildings or houses built prior to 1980 please be aware it could contain Asbestos. 90% of Asbestos was used in the manufacture of building products. Vehicle repairers may also be at risk. Brake pads, gaskets and clutch plates fitted prior to 2003 may also contain Asbestos. Asbestos fibres aren’t visible and can float in the air for some time. If breathed in, it can cause serious health problems, ranging from mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
Employers have a duty to consult under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 in the management and removal of Asbestos in the workplace. Find out about what you need to do if you are:
The website can provide helpful information, from finding to managing Asbestos and a directory to find a licensed removalist.
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