Towong Shire

Asbestos Awareness for renovators and DIY home maintenance

If you are thinking about renovating, you must be aware of asbestos. It is important for home owners and renovators to be aware of how to safely manage asbestos in and around the home.

Whether a home is constructed of weatherboard, brick, fibro or has exterior cladding, asbestos can be found in and around most homes built or renovated before 1987. Asbestos can be found in kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and under floor covering, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, garages, ceilings, eaves, fences, extensions to homes, and backyard sheds… it could be anywhere.

Asbestos-related diseases are increasing among Australians as a direct result of exposure to asbestos fibres during home renovations and maintenance. It is important that homeowners, renovators, tradies and handymen learn how to protect themselves and families from exposure to dangerous asbestos fibres. Visit for information on where asbestos might be found, the dangers of disturbing it and how best to manage it.

If you suspect you have asbestos in your home, Dont cut it! Don’t drill it! Don’t drop it! Don’t sand it! Don’t saw it! Don’t scrape it! Don’t scrub it! Don’t dismantle it! Don’t tip it! Don’t waterblast it! Don’t demolish it! And whatever you do… Don’t dump it.

For information about appropriate asbestos disposal, please click here.

Last updated: 12 December 2017