Advice on the safe disposal and management of asbestos
Asbestos products are still found in many buildings and are not dangerous if kept in good condition. However, if an asbestos product is broken or disturbed in any way, it is extremely hazardous.
Asbestos materials are either bonded (tightly bound) or friable (loosely bound). Bonded asbestos materials are commonly found in houses and often known as ‘fibro’, ‘asbestos cement’ and ‘AC sheeting’.
Getting rid of asbestos
If you suspect you have asbestos in your building, get it checked by a qualified professional.
If you are removing more than 10 square metres of bonded asbestos material, you must by law hire a Class B Workcover-licensed removalist. However, we recommend hiring a licensed removalist regardless of the amount of asbestos in your building.
The NSW Government has developed some practical information specifically for renovators and homeowners working with fibro and asbestos.