Envirolab Sydney to Help Raise Asbestos Awareness by Hosting Blue Lamington Drive Morning Tea
Envirolab Sydney will host a Blue Lamington Drive morning tea at our lab this Friday 27 November to help raise awareness of the current dangers of asbestos, while raising vital funds for medical research and support services for sufferers of asbestos-related diseases.
November is Asbestos Awareness Month, which aims to educate Australians about the dangers of asbestos and how best to manage it. This public awareness campaign will lead-up to Asbestos Awareness Day on Friday, 27 November. Our Envirolab Sydney lab will mark the day with a ‘Blue Lamington Drive’ morning tea.
The Blue Lamingtons represent crocidolite asbestos, which is also commonly referred to as “blue” asbestos and is one of the most dangerous forms of asbestos. The disturbance of asbestos containing materials during renovations, DIY projects and demolition may lead to the release of dust and fibres in the air that can be inhaled and result in illness or death from asbestosis, mesothelioma (of which asbestos is the only known cause) and other lung diseases. Inhaled fibres must be small enough to overcome the body’s natural defence mechanism, so that they penetrate into the lungs. Generally, symptoms of asbestos-related diseases may not appear for around 20 to 30 years after the first exposure to asbestos.
Most people cannot tell whether building materials contain asbestos by just looking at them. However, prior to the prohibited use of asbestos containing material on December 31st 2003, many homes and commercial buildings were built or refurbished with asbestos containing materials. Asbestos may be found under floor coverings, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings, eaves, garages, fences, backyard sheds, around hot water pipes, extensions to homes, outdoor toilets and cisterns and even old dog kennels! Renovating without knowing where asbestos products might be and how best to manage it is likened to playing ‘Russian Roulette’.
Does your home or commercial premises contain asbestos? Don’t play renovation roulette! Instead, visit Asbestos Awareness and learn about the dangers of asbestos, the 20 point safety check and disposal and legalities of asbestos. For more information on the Blue Lamington Drive and asbestos testing, you can also contact us by email or call us on: 02 9910 6200.