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Asbestos safety

Asbestos is dangerous when tiny fibres are inhaled. The fibres can lodge in your lungs and eventually cause disease.

However, if it is in good condition, asbestos is not dangerous.

Exposure to damaged asbestos can cause 3 main diseases:

  • asbestosis
  • lung cancer
  • mesothelioma

Learn more about asbestos health affects.

For all asbestos complaints and urgent enquiries - dial 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

General enquires regarding asbestos safety, licencing, removal and disposal can be made through the asbestos online contact form.

In the home

Asbestos is common in houses built before 1990. If you are renovating or doing maintenance, it's important to know if your home contains asbestos and where it is.

View common places to find asbestos.

If you are unsure, assume your home has asbestos until an accredited laboratory test has been done. Testing is free and can be organised through the National Association of Testing Authorities.

At work

Working with and around asbestos can be dangerous. View information about how to stay safe around asbestos for:

In a disaster

Material containing asbestos can be damaged during severe weather. Recovery efforts can be dangerous if this material is not handled safely.

Minimise the risk of airborne asbestos fibres by:

  • wearing a P2 facemask, disposable overalls and enclosed shoes
  • keeping material wet when moving it
  • not breaking or damaging the material
  • cleaning with a garden hose or by hand to avoid damaging the material
  • not using power tools on the material

View how to safely work around asbestos after a disaster.

Contact your local council for information about how to dispose of asbestos.

Asbestos removal

Removing asbestos can be dangerous. Some activities are prohibited to ensure you, your family or your clients stay safe.

View asbestos removal safety tips for:

Last updated
18 August, 2014

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