Residential Asbestos Checklist Officially Launched

Residential Asbestos Checklist Officially Launched

South Australia Minister for Industrial Relations John Rau

Checklist Promotes Asbestos Safety

Victor P Taffa

A new tool has been launched today to help home renovators better identify asbestos before any work gets underway.

“Regardless of whether you’re a DIY renovator or a contractor, it’s essential to remain vigilant when working on a property.” Minister for Industrial Relations John Rau said.

“Risks posed by asbestos are simply too great, which is why people need to take every step possible to protect themselves when doing this work.”

Residential Asbestos Checklist was launched prior to the start of Asbestos Awareness Week on Monday 27 November.

Residential Asbestos Checklist encourages renovators to check when their home was built, and visually inspect their property to identify potential asbestos products.

List was developed by the Asbestos Coalition of South Australia, and was modelled on a national list available on the asbestos awareness website.

Home owners are urged to engage qualified professionals to undertake sampling and removal of suspect materials, protecting themselves and their families from unnecessary risk.

Information includes photos from typical South Australian houses, helping local renovators to visualise and identify potential asbestos in their homes.

Background

SafeWork SA received nearly 1,000 phone calls from people seeking information on asbestos between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017. Approximately 30 % of enquiries related to the removal of asbestos products, and 14 % related to residential homes.

Asbestos was widely used in Australia prior to 1990. More than 600 people in Australia are diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases each year, and this number is expected to peak in 2020 due to decades-long latency periods.

Asbestos Awareness Week runs from 27 November – 1 December 2017 and focuses on the dangers of asbestos to raise awareness of safe identification and handling procedures.

It is preceded by memorial services on Friday 24 November, which remembers those who have lost their lives due to asbestos-related diseases and the impact on their families and the South Australian community.