Asbestos and building

Safety for householders

This page has information to help householders manage the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.

If you have concerns about asbestos in your household you should call the Department of Health on 1800 095 646, or contact your local Environmental Health office.

Identifying asbestos

It is very hard to identify asbestos by sight. 

If you are unsure whether your house contains asbestos materials, you should treat any suspect material as though it does. Read more about building materials containing asbestos.

If you know the suspect material was installed before 2004, it is safest to assume it does contain asbestos. 

The only way to be sure is to have a sample of the material analysed by a laboratory. 

To help you identify and manage asbestos in your house, go to the Australian Government's Department of Health website.

Handling asbestos

If you suspect your house contains asbestos, you should get licensed professionals to undertake your home renovations and to remove the asbestos from your property.

Even taking a sample of anything you think contains asbestos can be dangerous. 

You should have any sampling of suspect material carried out by a licensed asbestos removalist. 

For more information about moving and sampling asbestos from your house read about asbestos removal.

Laboratory testing

It is not recommended to test asbestos yourself. You should employ a professional laboratory to undertake this work.  

You can search the internet for a local occupational hygienist to provide this service.

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Last updated: 09 June 2016

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