Master Builders’ new National Asbestos Management Control and Removal Policy 2015 calls for reforms to the regulation of Asbestos to better protect the safety of those working in the industry, owner builders, DIY renovators and others in the community.
Last year, at least 50 people a month were diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to Asbestos. That means this dreadful disease is diagnosed in approximately 600 Australians each year, with the latest figures showing it claims the lives of a similar number annually.
Master Builders wants all stakeholders to take every possible step to reduce this toll.
With the popularity of DIY home renovation showing no sign of abating and a forecast boom in renovation work following two years of strong growth in residential building, Master Builders is deeply concerned about the emerging ‘third wave’ of Asbestos victims who came into contact with it while renovating their homes, particularly pre-1987 houses.
Very few people know that the producers of the popular renovation shows get the professionals in to clear out any Asbestos before they allow contestants to start bashing away at walls or ceilings.
Master Builders is also concerned about the disposal of Asbestos. While the main laws relating to Asbestos management and control are generally well established and suitable, the laws around illegal dumping are inconsistent and poor.