Asbestos is a natural fibre that has been used in many different products such as building, insulation and friction (eg: brake linings) materials. Materials containing asbestos are categorised into two types: ‘friable’ asbestos used in insulation and asbestos backed floor tiles, and the more commonly known ‘non-friable’ asbestos usually found as cement sheeting.
Houses constructed of asbestos do not constitute a health hazard. Asbestos does not pose a health risk unless large numbers of fibres are released into the air through breakage or demolition and fibres are inhaled. There are regulations in place through SafeWork SA requiring licensed asbestos removalists to carry out such duties.
The Council responds to complaints relating to the handling of asbestos by non-licensed persons. If you are a home renovator or home mechanic, helpful information is available to protect you from the hazards associated with asbestos.
Asbestos.sa.gov.au is the new home of advice for South Australians concerned about Asbestos in their homes or workplaces.
The asbestos.sa.gov.au website is the outcome of collaboration between SafeWork SA, SA Health, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the Local Government Association, Housing SA and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). Each agency plays an important role in managing the risks of exposure and providing information and advice to South Australians about asbestos.
Check out the website for information on finding and identifying asbestos, what to do with it, how to remove it and where to put it for residential settings and workplaces.