Before conducting ‘do it yourself’ (DIY) projects around the home you must be aware of the Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1992 (PDF, 124KB) and health risks associated with handling asbestos products.
The above mentioned regulations set out requirements for the removal of asbestos throughout Western Australia and apply to both commercial sites and residential homes. Please take note of safe disposal requirements stipulated in the above mentioned regulation. To find out more information regarding safe waste disposal please refer to the Asbestos and Hazardous Waste page.
There is no possible way for an individual to determine with certainty that a product contains asbestos fibers, as the only conclusive way is by microscopic examination by an accredited laboratory.
Before undergoing a DIY project involving products which may potentially contain asbestos fibers consider engaging a licensed asbestos professional to assist.
For information regarding how to safely manage asbestos found in the home please refer to the following website links and provided information documents:
Should you have any questions regarding the above information please contact the city’s Environmental Health Services team on 9237 9222.
Asbestos Awareness Month
The city’s Environmental Health Services team participates in Asbestos Awareness Month during November 2015, which is an initiative of the Asbestos Education Committee in collaboration with the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute and is supported by Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia.
Asbestos Awareness Month aims to educate home owners and renovators of the asbestos related health risks associated with DIY projects around the home. At least 1 in 3 Australian homes contain products entirely or partially comprised of asbestos fibers. Any home built or renovated before 1987 could contain asbestos products such as fencing, wall panels, floor surfaces, gutters, downpipes, roof insulation and even plumbing.