Asbestos is a building material that was commonly used from 1940 until the end of the 1980s. If asbestos is disturbed it can release dangerous, fine particles of dust and fibres into the air that are extremely hazardous to health. Asbestos risks must be controlled in homes and workplaces by law.
Council strongly recommends that residents do not disturb asbestos. There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres. Breathing in this dust can cause asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Owners of older houses are encouraged to increase their knowledge of asbestos and how they can safely manage the risk it presents.
If you think you might have asbestos in your home, have it professionally inspected and identified. This is very important, especially if you are going to do any renovations.
Safety precautions must be used when removing or working with this dangerous building material.