Envirolab Group Driving Awareness during Asbestos Awareness Month
Did you know that asbestos may be found in any domestic or residential buildings built or renovated before the 1990s? By testing, you might be surprised to find asbestos in materials that you would least expect; vinyl floor tiles in kitchen and bathroom areas and corrugated roofing.
November is National Asbestos Awareness Month and Envirolab Group is proud to be part of such an important cause to raise awareness and warn Australians planning to do any renovation or DIY projects, to not play “renovation roulette”.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that was commonly used in domestic and residential buildings built or renovated before the 1990s. Asbestos was commonly used because it was cheap to purchase, durable and heat resistant.
People can be affected when asbestos containing material is disturbed, so that asbestos fibres are released in the air and inhaled. Home renovation projects where drilling, cutting, sawing and various other actions cause the asbestos containing material to break or crumble.
This is why you should be aware of the dangers of asbestos and it is important that steps are taken to test for asbestos before you begin any home renovations. It is also important that office buildings and other commercial constructions are also tested for the presence of asbestos before any building renovations and demolition activities do commence.
In addition to updating and launching our asbestos services page this month, our laboratories in Sydney and Perth will be hosting “Blue Lamington Drive” morning teas to keep staff and their families aware of the dangers of asbestos when renovating. Other internal activities, including the upcoming staff lunch and monthly birthday cake celebrations will feature a presentation to staff on the dangers of asbestos. Similalry, training programs, including our school student work experience and university student internships will involve some focus on asbestos awareness.
For more information on how you can raise awareness during National Asbestos Awareness Month, visit the Asbestos Education Committee website. For more information on asbestos testing, call us on 1300 424 344.