MPL to Host Two Blue Lamington Drive Events during Asbestos Awareness Month
Staff at our lab in Perth will be reminded during November of the dangers of asbestos and not to play “renovation roulette,” while enjoying a blue lamington or few.
November marks National Asbestos Awareness Month and MPL is urging that homeowners, DIY renovators, tradies and other business owners be aware of the risks when disturbing asbestos materials and to avoid exposing themselves, their families, customers and other members of the community to airborne asbestos fibres.
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. While the use of asbestos is now prohibited in Australia, the material may still be present in materials including vinyl floor tiles, internal and external walls, insulation, water tanks and cisterns, garages and even old dog kennels!
Tom Edwards, Occupational Hygiene and Microbiology Supervisor at MPL Laboratories said that holding two “Blue Lamington Drive” morning teas during Asbestos Awareness Month was a way to keep staff and their families aware of the dangers of asbestos when renovating.
“DIY renovations are becoming increasingly popular and it’s important that we know where asbestos containing material might be found and what to do about it,” he said.
MPL will be hosting the two ‘Blue Lamington Drive’ morning teas on Monday 16 and 30 November. As part of hosting the two morning teas, Tom will be discussing and answering questions on the dangers of asbestos.
Sue Nash and Lisa Kerr have graciously volunteered their time and baking skills for these events where attendees will enjoy a lamington for a gold coin donation. Funds raised from the ‘Blue Lamington Drive’ morning teas will be donated to Asbestos Disease Research Institute and Support Groups.
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, contact us by email or call us on: 08 9317 2505.