Asbestos Removal Questions, Brisbane QLD Australia.

Frequently Asked Questions

Asbestos

What is asbestos?
Asbestos is the commercial name given to a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral commonly used in construction materials and other products because of its high heat resistance, strength and durability.

Where is asbestos found?
Due to asbestos being an insulative, fire and heat resistant material, it has commonly been used in insulation and roofing. Materials containing asbestos were very common in the Australian residential building industry between the 1940s and late 1980s before their production stopped.

What are the health issues regarding asbestos?
Asbestos is a known carcinogen, or cancer-causing substance. It is also known to cause asbestosis, which is a chronic, progressive condition of scar tissue build-up in the lungs resulting from the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Shortness of breath, increased risk of lung infection and permanent lung damage are common symptoms of asbestosis.

Which activities are prohibited when dealing with asbestos?
The use of all forms of asbestos has been banned nationally since 31 December 2003. The ban does not apply to asbestos installed prior to this date (eg. asbestos materials in houses).

What are the obligations regarding asbestos?
Obligations regarding asbestos use and removal for householders, renovators, and business owners are comprehensively outlined on the Queensland Government Department of Employment and Industrial Relations website:
http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/subjects/asbestos/index.htm

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