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The History of Asbestos in Australia

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The history of asbestos can be dated back to prehistoric times. While the lineage is long, the popularity of asbestos exploded in Australia during the 20th century when it became a popular, cost-effective choice for builders. Since then, the devastating material has been linked to thousands of deaths across the country. But where did it… Read more »

Asbestos Dangers – Understanding the Danger of Asbestos Materials

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Asbestos is an incredibly dangerous material. All handling and incidental exposure to friable asbestos fibres being fraught with risk. The long-term dangers of Asbestos are well documented and have been directly linked to detrimental health effects such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. Something many people fail to realise is, while there is no ‘safe’… Read more »

Understanding the Risks of Asbestos Exposure

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Asbestos exposure is one of the biggest risks facing the construction and renovation industry in Australia. So, what can you do to minimise the risks of exposure? Being aware of asbestos and understanding the risks of asbestos materials are two entirely different things. Living in Australia, you’ve likely obtained a basic understanding of what asbestos… Read more »

When Was Asbestos Banned in Australia?

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Find out when asbestos was banned in Australia and how the government regulates the importation, sale, and use of asbestos-materials today. Australia has a long, drawn-out history with the importation, use, and mining of asbestos materials. Once seen as the miracle construction material because of its ‘idyllic’ properties, Australia was responsible for one of the… Read more »

What is Non-Friable Asbestos? A Simple Guide to Non-Friable Asbestos

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Non-friable asbestos material refers to asbestos that is resistant to damage and is unlikely to release harmful asbestos fibres into the air. Non-friable asbestos is characterised by the fact that, unlike friable asbestos materials, it cannot be damaged or crushed by the human hand. Asbestos is a general term to describe a family of naturally… Read more »

What is Friable Asbestos? A Simple Guide to Friable Asbestos

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Friable asbestos is the most harmful and dangerous form of asbestos. Asbestos materials that are deemed friable are more likely to release measurable levels of asbestos into the airborne environment when disturbed, and generally, pose a greater risk to health than non-friable asbestos materials. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral found in rock… Read more »

Understanding the Risks of DIY Asbestos Removal Australia

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Asbestos removal can be extremely dangerous, especially in cases where asbestos materials are damaged or disturbed. Irrespective of the volume or regularity of exposure, removing or handling asbestos without the proper training and certification is fraught with risk. Research from the Australian Environmental Protection Authority has revealed that there is no ‘safe level’ of asbestos… Read more »

How to Identify Asbestos: Your Guide to Identifying Asbestos Materials

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How do I identify asbestos — is a question that has been asked by homeowners and professional builders for more than half a century. Unfortunately, it’s a difficult question to answer — identifying asbestos fibres isn’t always simple. Asbestos fibres are very small, thin, and difficult to distinguish. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that… Read more »

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The Most Common Places Where You Might Find Asbestos In Your Home

For those of us living in houses that were constructed before 1990, it is an unfortunate fact of life that there is a good chance of the presence of asbestos in our homes. This doesn’t mean that you should dread the idea of renovations or other construction projects for your home, in fact – all… Read more »