Impact of New Asbestos Legislation on Family Day Care Carers
courtesy of Family Day Care Australia
Asbestos is a common material used in domestic buildings to a lesser or greater degree in every State and Territory across Australia prior to 1985. The asbestos websites list house eaves, roofs, sheds, wet areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundries as areas where asbestos is most likely to have been used.
When asbestos is in good condition and left alone, it presents no health risks. Asbestos becomes a health risk when asbestos fibres are released into the air.
Common situations carers need to be aware of, in which fibres may be disturbed and released into the air, include the natural deterioration of the materials due to exposure to weather and building and maintenance related activities such as:
It is very important that materials containing asbestos (MCA) are handled by qualified professionals to avoid health risks. Lists of registered professionals who can do house assessments if required, remove asbestos or provide training are available through the work safe websites listed for each State and Territory below.
All businesses in Queensland are expected to be compliant with the code of practice from 1 January 2008.
‘Identification of asbestos’
Renovators Guide –
safe work practices with asbestos containing
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