Australians are being asked to Think Twice About Asbestos this National Asbestos Awareness Week (November 22-28)
The campaign seeks to challenge complacency by reminding home renovators and tradespeople that the danger of asbestos is far from over.
Asbestos is still present in millions of homes built before 1990 - as many as one in three - as well as public and commercial buildings, across Australia.
At the height of its use, asbestos was in use in more than 3000 products and many of these products are still in our homes and workplaces.
There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos and when fibres get into the lungs it can cause asbestos-related diseases, including the incurable mesothelioma.
"For anyone who thinks asbestos-related diseases are a thing of the past, think again. Asbestos is still causing cancer in Australians," said Trevor Torrens, General Manager of the Asbestos Disease Support Society.
"Every year in Australia, there are an estimated 4,000 deaths from past exposure to asbestos. That's one of the highest death rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world," said Mr Torrens.
For anyone who thinks asbestos-related diseases are a thing of the past, think again. Asbestos is still causing cancer in Australians.
"Whether its DIYers doing small or large jobs around the house, or tradies on a residential worksite, the Think Twice About Asbestos campaign reminds them of the dangers of damaged, disturbed or deteriorated asbestos.
"If you're considering DIY renovations and maintenance, 'Get in the know, take it slow and get a pro'."
"People working on homes built before 1990 can stay safe if they know where asbestos is, if they don't disturb or damage it, and if they seek professional help to locate, manage or remove it."
The National Asbestos Awareness Week campaign promotes the role of licensed asbestos professionals for both home renovators and tradespeople.
"Even tradies need to call a licensed asbestos professional if they don't have the equipment, skills, training or licence to handle asbestos." said Mr Torrens.