Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral made up of tiny fibres. When the material is disturbed especially during home renovations and removal, it may produce a dust containing asbestos fibres. Breathing these fibres into lungs can lead to a range of health problems. Therefore it is very important that any suspected asbestos containing material is handled safely.
A range of helpful information regarding the dangers of Asbestos and how it should be handled can be found through the following sites:
A householder may legally remove small amounts of asbestos from their property. As asbestos poses a health risk during removal, packaging, transport and disposal, it is important that it is handled safely during these operations.
Larger projects and commercial works must be undertaken by a qualified and licensed contractor.
You can arrange asbestos removal and disposal through a number of commercial organisations listed under 'Asbestos Removal and/or Treatment' in the Yellow Pages section of the local phone book.
Issues and concerns relating to works being undertaken by commercial contractors should be referred to Work Safe Victoria.
Disposal of Asbestos
Asbestos containing products must not be placed into domestic rubbish bins, placed out for hard rubbish collection or disposed of into building waste receptacles.
Domestic quantities only can be deposited at the Kilmany Resource Recovery Centre and Landfill if prior arrangements are made by phoning 1300 130 129. Kilmany is the only waste facility in our shire that accepts asbestos.
Asbestos must be wrapped and transported according to section 6.1 of the EPA Industrial Waste Resource Guidelines. Please contact the Environmental Protection Agency on 1300 372 842 for more information regarding the disposal of asbestos.
Work Safe Victoria provides useful information for people working with asbestos. Property owners wishing to test for asbestos can contact the National Association of Testing Authorities, while OHS Reps provides information regarding asbestos in the home (whether owner occupier or rental) and the workplace.