Asbestos fibres should never be inhaled as they may cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and asbestosis related pleural disease. Further information about the health effects may be found at NSW Ministry of Health.
The manufacture and supply of asbestos was banned in Australia in 2003.
Before renovating or performing maintenance work, homeowners are advised to check for asbestos. A WorkCover licenced asbestos removalist must be engaged if more than 10 square metres of bonded asbestos needs to be removed. The Local Council should be contacted in case approval is needed for the works.
Asbestos is a hazardous material and must be disposed of in accordance with the guidelines of the NSW Environment Protection Authority for its packaging, transportation and disposal.
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