Asbestos safety after bushfires

Asbestos is a potential hazard when returning to bushfire affected properties.

State and territories have issued advice and these links are provided below for your information.

Asbestos is present in as many as 1 in 3 homes built prior to 1990, as well as many public buildings built in that time, and in natural disasters like fires formally bonded asbestos fibres can easily become loose and airborne.

The most likely time that exposure to asbestos could occur is during the building clean-up or demolition phase, when debris and materials are moved extensively. However, exposure can also occur when walking around the site to assess damage. It is strongly recommended that personal protective equipment is worn.

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