Safe asbestos handling
Asbestos is a silicate mineral made up of tiny fibres. When it is disturbed, it produces a dust that contains asbestos fibres. Those fibres, if breathed into the lungs, can cause a range of health problems including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Asbestos in the home
Asbestos may be present in homes. Common products containing asbestos include fibro cement, or 'AC' sheeting, and heater insulation. Asbestos in home building materials does not generally pose a health risk unless the material is broken, deteriorating or disturbed to produce dust containing asbestos fibres. For more information, go to health.vic Asbestos in the home.
Removal and disposal
You must use a licenced contractor to remove soft and crumbly (friable) asbestos. They will ensure asbestos is removed and disposed of safely.
To find a licenced removalist, go to Trades Hall OHS Reps: Asbestos removalists.
Asbestos waste can only be disposed of at facilities licensed to accept asbestos waste by the Environment Protection Authority.
There are no facilities in Banyule licenced to accept asbestos. Check EPA: Landfills that accept asbestos in Victoria.
Asbestos in the workplace
Asbestos in the workplace is regulated by WorkSafe Victoria. Strict handling requirements apply and only approved registered removalists have the expertise and equipment to remove asbestos from the workplace.
If you would like to speak to us about asbestos issues in our community, e.g. to provide feedback about the incorrect handling of suspected asbestos, contact Council's Health Services Unit on 9457 9965.