Learn about asbestos, including its health effects and how to safely identify, remove, and dispose of asbestos-containing materials.
Asbestos and its health effects
Asbestos is a naturally occurring material widely used in the construction industry until 1987. It is commonly found in older buildings throughout the shire.
When asbestos-containing materials are left undisturbed, they are relatively harmless. However, if the material is damaged or disturbed, it may release fibres into the air, which can be dangerous to your health.
Exposure to asbestos fibres can cause the following diseases:
- Pleural plaque
- Lung cancer
Generally, undisturbed asbestos cement products do not pose a health risk, as the fibres are bound together in a solid cement matrix.