Concerns for asbestos health after surge in DIY renovations

Asbestos fibres Photo: Bill Bradley Asbestos fibres Photo: Bill Bradley

Australians are being asked to think twice about asbestos as new research reveals a surge in DIY home improvements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey of 1506 home improvers commissioned by the Asbestos Safety Eradication Agency, for National Asbestos Awareness Week (22-28 November 2021) found:

•   46 per cent of those intending to do home improvement works cited pandemic-related motivations for doing so;

•   38 per cent have worked on a risky property built between 1940 and 1990, the decades of greatest concern and;

•   28 per cent of those who had found asbestos admitted to illegally disposing of it, most commonly placing it in their household bin or a neighbour’s.

Asbestos Safety Eradication Agency CEO Justine Ross said the increase in home improvement has prompted concerns over an increase in asbestos exposure.

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