What do you do if you find asbestos in your home?

If asbestos containing material is in sound condition and left undisturbed it generally will not present a significant health risk. If asbestos fibres remain firmly bound in a solid cement sheet or structure such as in ‘fibro’ sheeting, you do not usually need to remove the fibro or even coat it.

If you have materials in your home you suspect may contain asbestos and are concerned with potential health risks, Council recommends you contact an Occupational Hygienist or other qualified consultant to sample and analyse the material.

If the material does contain asbestos these qualified persons can also provide advice on how to manage the risks associated with the material.

Minor works including repairs may not require development consent but can involve disturbance of asbestos and significant health risks. 

Unless the amount is less than the minimum allowed by the NSW WorkCover Authority, demolition works and disposal of asbestos must only be undertaken by contractors who hold a current WorkCover Asbestos Licence. Refer to Asbestos Removal and Disposal for minimum standards

Council recommends that if there likelihood or suspicion about asbestos in the home, it should be inspected by an occupational (asbestos) hygienist and tested by a NATA accredited laboratory.

If the material does contain asbestos these qualified persons can also provide advice on how to manage the risks associated with the material.

Information on home renovations is set out in Fibro & Asbestos—A Renovator and Homeowner’s Guide at http://nsw.gov.au/fibro