Asbestos cement products were commonly used in buildings during the establishment of Wyndham and Kununurra and as a result, many buildings contain asbestos.
Asbestos fibre release occurs from natural sources, as well as occurring from extensive industrial and commercial use in the past. Inhalation of asbestos fibres in sufficient quantities may cause a number of chronic diseases including asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer or pleural plaque. It is important to note that materials containing asbestos are relatively harmless when left undisturbed as it is bound in a solid cement matrix. It is only when the material is damaged that it may release fibres into the air.
If you are demolishing a structure a demolition permit shall be required, please click here for further information. Should the demolition require the removal of more than 10 square metres of asbestos, a licensed WorkSafe contractor must be used.
People removing and disposing of material containing asbestos must comply with the Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1992 and follow the following key points:
- use adequate personal protective equipment
- wet the area thoroughly
- do not use power tools
- dispose of asbestos correctly in approved landfill sites by wrapping it in plastic sheeting and labelling it 'CAUTION ASBESTOS' in letters at least 30cm high
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