Did you know asbestos was used in more than 3000 common building materials before it was banned in 2003?
And it’s still found in 1 in 3 Australian homes, lurking in things like cement roofing, water pipe insulation and vinyl tiles.
Check out our interactive tool to help you identify where asbestos might lurk. You’ll also discover how to safely dispose of asbestos.
During National Asbestos Awareness Week, WorkSafe is joining organisations across Australia to educate tradies about the prevalence of asbestos, and how to identify and remove it safely.
It’s estimated 4000 Australians die from asbestos-related diseases every year and tradies are among the most at risk for asbestos exposure.
What’s more, no amount of exposure is safe.
Even if you’ve been in the game a long time, you might be surprised to know what materials contain asbestos.
You may also be surprised to know Australia was one of the highest users of asbestos worldwide.
Knowing what to look for might not be as easy as you think.
Visit asbestos.vic.gov.au to find out everything you need to know about asbestos before asbestos finds you.