Asbestos

With Australia having one of the highest incidences of asbestos-related cancers in the world, and with confirmed cases of these cancers continuing to increase as a result of home maintenance and renovation, exposure to asbestos fibres is considered a significant threat to the health of Australians.

EVERY home built or renovated before the mid 1980s is likely to contain asbestos. If left undisturbed asbestos generally does not pose a health risk. However, when disturbed during renovations and home maintenance, asbestos fibres can be released into the air and when inhaled, can cause life-threatening diseases including lung cancer, pleural disease, asbestosis and mesothelioma, an incurable, terminal cancer.

Every home built or renovated in the years leading up to 1987, most likely contains asbestos! A conservative estimate is that 1 in 3 homes in Australia contains asbestos including brick.

If asbestos is undisturbed, it generally does not pose a health risk.

Domestic Asbestos Removal Kits

West Wimmera Shire Council provides frees domestic asbestos removal kits for the removal of up to 10m2, available at the Shire offices in Edenhope and Kaniva.

Kits include:

  • 1 DVD - Asbestos in the Home Removal Kit Instruction Guide

  • 1 Domestic Asbestos Removal Kit Instruction book

  • 4 Plastic Sheets 2m x 2m

  • 2 Printed disposable asbestos bags 600mm x 900mm

  • 2 Printed disposable asbestos bags 700mm x 1100mm

  • 2 Tyvek disposable coveralls

  • 2 3M 9322 valved respirator P2 individually wrapped

  • 4 Niyrile blue gloves

  • 4 Shintoe disposable over boots

  • 1 Silver duct tape 48mm x 30m

  • 1 Barrier tape printed 'Danger Asbestos" 10m

  • 4 EW "Economy Wipes" wipe down cloths

  • 1 Atomiser spray bottle

  • 1 PVA glue 100ml

  • 1 Multipurpose plastic sheet 2m x 4m

West Wimmera Shire transfer stations at Kaniva and Edenhope will only accept asbestos from home owners within in the shire up to a maximum of 10m2 that have been handled and wrapped in accordance with the OH&S Act (2004). A fee of $20 per <10m2 of wrapped asbestos applies.