Asbestos Awareness Week 26th – 30th November 2012

Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos related diseases in the world, most likely because Australia has also been ranked among the top consumers of asbestos cement products per capita in the world.

The number of people diagnosed with mesothelioma as a direct result of exposure to asbestos during home renovations is continuing to rise so the need for ALL Australians to take the warnings seriously to protect themselves and their families, cannot be overstated.

With almost every Australian home built or renovated before 1987 likely to contain asbestos in one form or another; the third wave of people affected by mesothelioma (an incurable asbestos-related cancer) and other serious asbestos-related diseases will continue to rise unless Australians start taking seriously the dangers of asbestos when renovating or maintaining their homes.

Asbestos can be under floor coverings such as carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings, eaves, garages, around hot water pipes, fences, extensions to homes, outdoor toilets, dog kennels and backyard sheds – it could be anywhere.

For more information about the importance of educating Australians about the dangers of asbestos when renovating, please visit


Contact Master Painters Association on 98135922 or to see if your painter is accredited in Apply Lead Paint & Asbestos Management (CPCCPD3011A)

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