Asbestos is a natural fibre that has been used in many different products, such as building, insulation and friction materials for example brake linings. These are grouped into two types: ‘friable’ asbestos, used in insulation and asbestos-backed floor tiles; and the more commonly known ‘non-friable’ asbestos usually found as cement sheeting.
Houses built with asbestos do not constitute a health hazard, unless large numbers of fibres are released into the air through breakage or demolition, and the fibres are then inhaled.
For complaints concerning licensed contractors and work sites, contact the SafeWork SA Help Centre on 1300 365 255 or go to Safe Work SA website.
If you are worried about the conduct of home renovators, please contact EHA on 8132 3600.
To report suspected illegal dumping or other environmental incidents, contact the Environment Protection Authority on 8204 2004 or visit the EPA website.
Government agencies and further information
SafeWork SA, SA Health, the EPA, the LGA, Housing SA and DPTI have joined forces to set up a specific website packed with advice for South Australians worried about asbestos in homes or workplaces.
Go to asbestos.sa.gov.au for for information on finding and identifying asbestos, what to do with it, how to remove it and where to put it for residential settings and workplaces.
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