Asbestos-containing materials were commonly used in building materials from 1940 until the end of 1980 because of their durability, fire resistance and good insulation properties. At the time, the health risks associated with asbestos were not known. Airborne asbestos fibres are extremely hazardous to health and as such, it is against the law not to control the risk in homes and workplaces.
Being around asbestos materials does not necessarily create a health risk, as long as there is no damage to the materials - it is only when fine particles become airborne and are inhaled that you should be concerned. Activities such as cutting asbestos materials with a power tool and cleaning fibro roofs (containing asbestos) are prohibited as it is difficult to contain the asbestos fibres.
If you believe a homeowner, contractor, occupant or owner-builder is unsafely handling, removing or transporting asbestos materials or a person has illegally dumped asbestos waste, contact Council. Under the Public Health Act 2005, Local Government is responsible for the administration and enforcement of matters in relation to the dispersal or release of asbestos fibres in non-workplace areas.
If you believe a business, contractor or a person at a commercial premises is unsafely handling, removing or transporting asbestos materials, phone Workplace Health and Safety Queensland on 1300 362 128.
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