As a householder, if you do make the decision to undertake home renovations where asbestos is, or may be, present, here are some points to be aware of.
Locate and record asbestos
Know where asbestos-containing products could be in your home. If in doubt, get products tested, or for safety’s sake, assume it is asbestos and take the necessary precautions
Ensure that asbestos is in good condition
Maintain asbestos-containing products in good condition, such as through use of paint or other surface finishes, enclosures and capping.
Replace damaged or friable asbestos
Ensure all friable asbestos is removed only by a licensed asbestos removalist. Replace asbestos cement materials if they are damaged or are being temporarily dismantled for any reason. If in doubt, used a professional licensed asbestos removalist to do any removal work.
Get the right advice
Use a licensed asbestos removalist
Engage a licensed asbestos removalist when undertaking major home renovations or demolitions where asbestos may be present. Consider checking their procedures and quality of clean-up.
If you do decide to undertake home renovations where asbestos is present, we have some practical advice you should review before doing any work.