Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous crystalline mineral, found in rock formations. Generally, undisturbed asbestos cement products do not pose a health risk as the fibres are bound together in a solid cement matrix. However, if the material is damaged or disturbed, fibres may be released into the air.
The use of power tools for cutting, drilling, grinding, sanding or sawing the material can release a significant number of fibres. The use of high-pressure water blasters to clean the material prior to painting can also release large numbers of fibres so it's important to never perform these activities.
In most cases, the presence of asbestos cement building materials in a home (ie. a dividing fence) is no cause for alarm. If the materials are in good condition and are not disturbed, they do not present a health hazard. Disturbing the material (ie. by removal) may create a health hazard where none previously existed.
Any person handling and disposing of asbestos is required to comply with the requirements of the Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1992.
Businesses contracted to remove greater than 10m2 or 10 sheets of asbestos are required by WorkSafe WA to hold an asbestos removal licence. Please refer to the WorkSafe website for a list of restricted and unrestricted licence holders.
The Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) Check is a phone application developed by Curtin University. This application will help you identify possible ACMs around and inside your home. Download this phone application through Apple Store or Google Play.
Asbestos online training
The Cancer Council WA and the Department of Health have launched a free online course on asbestos, where home renovators and DIYers can learn more about asbestos-related diseases and locating, safely handling and disposing of asbestos.
Register on the Cancer Council website today.
Please contact the Millar Road Landfill and Recycling Facility on 9528 8550 or Henderson Waste Recovery Park on 9411 3444 for fees payable and procedures for correct disposal.
Asbestos will not be accepted if it is not double wrapped in heavy duty plastic and clearly marked.
The Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1992 is the main piece of legislation used by the City to regulate asbestos. Find out more about asbestos regulation.
Refer to Worksafe WA for workplace asbestos management issues.