Asbestos awareness month

Published on 03 November 2014

Loddon Shire Council has joined a national campaign to urge homeowners, tradesmen and handymen to be careful when renovating.

November is National Asbestos Awareness Month, and we are urging people to take a 20 point asbestos safety check to protect themselves and family members from exposure to dangerous asbestos fibres.

There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres.

With at least one in three Australian homes containing asbestos, it is important that homeowners, tradesmen and renovators put their health and the health of their families first when conducting home renovation, maintenance and demolition.

If dangerous asbestos dust and fibres are released, it can be inhaled and lead to asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a cancer that mostly affects the lining of the lungs and develops between 20 to 50 years after inhaling asbestos fibres.

For more information on Asbestos Awareness Month and to access the 20 point asbestos safety check, visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au.