A Renovator and Homeowner's Guide
The NSW Government has developed some practical information specifically for renovators and homeowners working with fibro and asbestos.
Browse the First Steps Checklist which contains a safety checklist, guidance on safe disposal of fibro and some general tips about what to do if fibro is damaged. The guide is also available in pdf format - Fibro & Asbestos - A Renovator and Homeowner's Guide (728kb).
In addition to the checklists, you can find more detailed information in the Fibro & Asbestos - Frequently Asked Questions page.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is the generic term for a number of fibrous silicate minerals. Products made from asbestos cement - bonded asbestos material - include fibro sheeting (flat and corrugated) as well as water, drainage and flue pipes, roofing shingles and guttering.
How can asbestos affect my health?
Breathing in asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
What are the health risks for renovators?
Finding that your home or workplace is made from fibro products does not mean your health is at risk. Health problems can occur when people are unaware of the hazards of working with fibro and do not take appropriate precautions. The important point is to always work to avoid or minimise the release of dust or small particles from asbestos material.
Changes to the asbestos Laws
- The NSW Government is amending the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 to improve the safety of workers and the public from unsafe exposure to asbestos.
- From 1 January 2008 the will be a further reduction from 50 square metres to 10 square metres or more of bonded asbestos.