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Information: Asbestos in the Home

Asbestos in the home can be in one of two forms. The most common is in firmly bound material, such as;
The second and less common form is asbestos insulation such as asbestos lagging wrapped around hot water pipes. You should always presume any material contains asbestos unless there is strong evidence to suggest it does not. The building plans may provide evidence that other materials were used.

If you think that you have found asbestos in your home, do not touch it. Asbestos is at risk in the home when it is disturbed in a way that produces dust that contains asbestos fibres. In many cases the presence of asbestos containing materials in the home is no cause for alarm if the material has not been damaged. If the material is not damaged and shows no signs of wear and tear it can often be left in place. Internal asbestos cement sheet walls or ceilings that are in good condition and coated with paint do not pose a risk to health whilst they are not showing signs of degradation or damage.

If you have to handle or work with asbestos it is important to remember: