Construction company develops free interactive asbestos guide

A construction company, J Hutchinson Pty Ltd., has developed a free interactive asbestos guide to help homeowners and small businesses working with, or removing asbestos-containing products from residential areas.

The guide, Working Safely with Asbestos shows what asbestos is and what type of buildings are likely to have asbestos containing materials by the build or renovation date; the types of medical conditions related to asbestos exposure; common locations where asbestos-containing materials may be found in a residential building; how to prepare the work site and utilise safe work practices when handling asbestos in a domestic environment; the right tools, materials and personal protective equipment (PPE) to use when working with asbestos-containing materials; and how to clean up and dispose of asbestos-containing materials; and how to clean up and dispose of asbestos-containing material waste and PPE.

The use of asbestos has caused a global stir when health organisations around the world warned of its serious health implications.

Australia has banned asbestos since the 1980s, but hundreds of Australians continue to be diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases every year.

To order a copy of the guide, visit Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s website.

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