Information and links about safe removal of asbestos
Weddin Shire Council acknowledges the serious health hazard of exposure to asbestos. In Australia, asbestos was gradually phased out of building materials in the 1980s and the supply and installation of asbestos containing goods has been prohibited since 31 December 2003. Yet asbestos legacy materials still exist in many homes, buildings and other assets and infrastructure. It is estimated that one in three Australian homes contains asbestos.
Where material containing asbestos is in a non-friable form, undisturbed and painted or otherwise sealed, it may remain safely in place. However, where asbestos containing material is broken, damaged, disturbed or mishandled, fibres can become loose and airborne posing a risk to health. Breathing in dust containing asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
It is often difficult to identify the presence of asbestos by sight. Where a material cannot be identified or is suspected to be asbestos, it is best to assume that the material is asbestos and take appropriate precautions.
Policy for Management of Asbestos
Weddin Shire Council has developed a Policy for Management of Asbestos to set guidelines for the management of asbestos in Weddin LGA.
The policy provides information for Council workers, the local community and wider public. Annexure A of the policy includes the sections that are likely to be of most interest to the local community and wider public. Annexure B is information that applies to Council workers.
Policy for Management of Asbestos 5.7.1.pdf
Further information about asbestos and the health impacts of asbestos can be found in Section A of Council’s Asbestos Guidelines and website links to additional information are provided in Section B of the Asbestos Guidelines. A number of codes of practices, fact sheets and guides to provide information on asbestos and asbestos related works can be downloaded from WorkCover’s website.
For futher information please contact Director Environmental Services