Asbestos is a silicate mineral made up of tiny fibres. When it is disturbed, it produces a dust that contains asbestos fibres. Fibres 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.
Removal and disposal
A licenced contractor must be used to remove soft and crumbly (friable) asbestos. Licenced removalists ensure asbestos is safely removed and disposed of. Find someone to remove asbestos here.
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.
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, for example to provide feedback about the incorrect handling of suspected asbestos, please contact Council's Health Services Unit on 9457 9965. You will also find links to helpful and authoritative sites under Related information.