DO NOT attempt to work with, handle, remove or dispose of asbestos yourself; it is illegal.
Take proper precautions and minimise the risk of asbestos exposure; it's an investment in your family's health.
Renovating can be a health hazard. If you live in the ACT in an area other than Gungahlin or Southern Tuggeranong, there's a very good chance your house was built before 1985 and is likely to contain asbestos. So before beginning renovations, maintenance or repairs, whether it's something as minor as putting up a new towel rail in the bathroom or undertaking a major extension on your home, read some important facts about asbestos.
It's important that you know which materials might contain asbestos so that you can take the proper precautions when you're renovating, making repairs or engaging someone to do any kind of work on your home. It also pays to know which areas are asbestos 'hotspots' and to work safely by knowing what you can and cannot do. Under ACT law, landlords and home owners also have certain obligations they need to meet when leasing or selling a home that is likely to contain asbestos.
WorkSafe ACT is currently offering free asbestos awareness seminars for home renovators.
Click here for information on how to safely work with asbestos.
Click here for information on how to safely remove asbestos.
Click here for information on how to safely dispose of asbestos.