Asbestos was commonly used in building materials prior to 1990. Asbestos fibres can be present in a number of products including:
- Roofing, shingles, internal and external walls, ceilings and floors
- Imitation brick or weatherboard cladding
- Thermal boards around fireplaces
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Lagging on water pipes
Generally, undisturbed asbestos cement products do not pose a health risk, as the fibres are bound together in a solid cement matrix, such as in asbestos fences. However, if the material is damaged or disturbed, fibres may be released into the air. Asbestos can pose a serious health risk if not removed safely.
Residents are permitted to remove up to 10 square meters of asbestos. If the amount of asbestos to be removed is greater than 10 square meters, the work will need to be undertaken by a licensed asbestos removalist. Please visit https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/ for further information.
The City’s Environmental Health Officers can assist with queries and concerns regarding asbestos in the community.
Please note, asbestos in the workplace is managed by Department of Commerce – WorkSafe.
Further information regarding asbestos can be found on the Department of Health website - About Asbestos