Kalamunda MLA John Day reminds renovators of asbestos dangers

Kalamunda MLA John Day reminds renovators of asbestos dangers

RENOVATORS are reminded to be aware of the hidden dangers of asbestos when refurbishing or carrying out maintenance on older properties.

Health Minister John Day urged people to remain ‘asbestos aware’ as National Asbestos Awareness Week ended on Friday last week.

“Asbestos-related diseases continue to claim West Australian lives, so it is crucial people are aware of the dangers of disturbing asbestos containing products and take proper precautions to reduce risk of exposure,” he said.

The Kalamunda MLA said most people knew asbestos was found in cement sheeting in roofs, fences or older style houses built before 1990, but the material was also in common household items such as paper backing material on sheet linoleum, backing panels in meter boxes and vinyl floor tiles.

Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said asbestos-containing products were difficult to identify by looking at them and if in doubt, always put safety first.