Being aware of the likelihood of Asbestos in a home is the first step in reducing the impact of the next wave of Asbestos-related diseases. A study recently carried out by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) highlights the lack of knowledge on who is responsible for identifying the presence of Asbestos presence. Surprisingly 63 per cent of respondents falsely believing that a residential building inspection includes a check for Asbestos.
Asbestos can’t be correctly identified visually. Samples of suspected materials need laboratory testing to confirm the presence of Asbestos. Australia was one of the highest users per capita of Asbestos until the 1980s, with one-third of all homes built or renovated before this time containing Asbestos material.
Simple DIY tasks such as pulling up old linoleum or vinyl flooring or removing bathroom tiles can expose the home renovator to Asbestos. The product can also be found in roof sheeting, guttering, fencing, carports, sheds and even in putty.
Improving Asbestos Awareness
In the hope of improving awareness of Asbestos – particularly for DIY renovators, the Real Estate Institute of NSW (REINSW) called for mandatory disclosure of Asbestos in a home or building site. The body is also aiming to inform real estate agents on the issue and their duty of care to clients via proposing a series of Asbestos information evenings.
ASEA’s chief executive Peter Tighe said if you’re buying an old house you’re more than likely to have issues with Asbestos in some form. “We don’t want to create