Asbestos Awareness: The Block host Scott Cam encourages everyone to get to know asbestos this November for Asbestos Awareness Month.
Asbestos Awareness: The Block host Scott Cam encourages everyone to get to know asbestos this November for Asbestos Awareness Month. Contributed

Are you playing renovation roulette?

THIS November Isaac Regional Council is calling on the community to get to know Asbestos.

National Asbestos Awareness Month urges everyone, from weekend DIYers to experienced builders, to know the risks.

Acting Mayor Cr Geoff Bethel said asbestos-related diseases will increase unless we take warning signs seriously.

"Australia has one of the highest incidence rates of malignant mesothelioma in the world,” he said.

"One in three Australian homes contains asbestos in some form or another.

"Home renovations are popular due to shows like The Block.

"If you suspect you have asbestos in your home, contact council and one of our Building Services Officers can lab test a sample for a cost recovery fee.

"Don't play Renovation Roulette, learn how to protect yourself and family.”

National Asbestos Awareness Month is an initiative of the Asbestos Education Committee in partnership with the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute and supported by the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities.

Peter Dunphy, Founding Chair of the Asbestos Education Committee, said asbestos isn't only in fibro homes.

"Asbestos was used in the manufacture of a broad range of products before 1987.

"It could be anywhere; under floor coverings, behind tiles, in cement floors, behind walls just to name a few.

"Before you take to the tools please visit asbestosawareness.com.au.

"There you can take the 20 Point Safety Check, view Australia's only comprehensive online asbestos product database, Ultimate Renovators Guide and much more.”

During NOvember Isaac residents are encouraged to host a Blue Lamington Drive morning or afternoon tea.

Your event will help to raise awareness and vital funds for medical research and support services for sufferers of asbestos-related diseases.

National Asbestos Awareness Month

  • Get to kNOw asbestos this NOvember, visit asbestosawareness.com.au
  • Register a Blue Lamington Drive morning or afternoon tea, visit www.bluelamington.com
  • Make a donation to support research conducted by the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute.
  • To book an asbestos lab test with Council's Building Services call 1300 ISAACS (1300 472 227) or email records@isaac.qld.gov.au

For more details visit www.isaac.qld.gov.au


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