Asbestos

Following concerns about its safety, the use of asbestos cement was phased out between 1981 and 1987 with the manufacturing of all asbestos products ceasing in 1987.

Asbestos cement was a commonly used building material in the 1970s being used in materials including; 
  • roofing 
  • fencing
  • exterior wall cladding 
  • backing material on floor tiles and vinyl flooring 
  • thermal boards around fireplaces
Following safety concerns, asbestos cement was phased out from 1981 with the manufacturing of asbestos ceasing in 1987.

Dangers exist using:

  • Power tools for cutting, drilling, grinding, sanding and sawing
  • High pressure water guns
  • Breaking or crushing

Important Information:

  • Generally it not possible to tell a product is asbestos by looking at it, 
  • laboratory analysis is required to confirm material as asbestos
  • Anything suspected to be asbestos should be treated as such
  • Left undisturbed, risk to health is extremely low
Note: Given the serious health problems this material can cause it is important that it is handled properly. It is recommended that a professional be employed to remove or handle asbestos.  
 
If you believe that asbestos is not being handled correctly, please complete a service request form and submit to the City.


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