Breathing in asbestos fibres can cause diseases, but if in sound condition and left undisturbed, fibro products are not a significant health risk. Health problems usually occur when people are unaware of the hazards of working with fibro. The Fibro & Asbestos guide will help you assess the hazards and risks of working with fibro.
Asbestos fibres are hazardous when inhaled. They can be released into the air when asbestos products are incorrectly handled, stored or transported for disposal.
Ensure asbestos waste has been wetted and sealed in heavy duty plastic prior to transportation to a licensed landfill. Safely disposing of asbestos waste from your home contains information for home renovators and builders on the safe handling, storage, transport and disposal of asbestos waste.
Information on safe removal practices for asbestos is available at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/managewaste/house-asbestos and www.workcover.nsw.gov.au
Asbestos waste must be disposed of at a licensed landfill. It is illegal to dispose of asbestos waste in domestic garbage bins. It is also illegal to re-use, recycle or illegally dump asbestos products.