How can you spot asbestos?

PUBLISHED 04 Jul 2016

Long-term exposure to asbestos, whether at home or in a working environment, can result in a range of different illnesses occurring in people, with Mesothelioma being one of the most common. However, while most people are aware of the dangers and know to be cautious when asbestos might be present, too few can actually identify the substance.

Recent research from the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) found that only a small number of Australians can identify asbestos, meaning many may be putting themselves at risk without even realising it. If these behaviours continue over a long period of time, it can significantly impact their health and lead them to require asbestos lawyers.

So, what do people need to change to ensure they are aware of the dangers asbestos can pose?

What are the current attitudes towards asbestos in Australia?

According to the ASEA, one of the most significant issues in the fight against mesothelioma is the fact that people often don't know when to take action. It's true that people know asbestos can pose health risks, but the agency's survey found they aren't aware of how to test for its presence safely. On top of this, many don't actually know where it can be found around the home.

"Less than one third of people felt confident in their ability to identify asbestos in the home, with most being unaware that asbestos can be found in wet areas, under flooring and behind tiles," ASEA CEO Peter Tighe explained.

"As a result, home buyers and renovators can end up with an 'out of sight, out of mind' attitude."

Is there more than one type of asbestos?

What many other people may not be aware of is that there are many different types of asbestos. The most common three, however, are known as white, blue and brown, with their scientific names listed as Chrysotile, Crocidolite and Amosite respectively.

These three categories represent the most common types that homeowners or renovators may encounter. On top of this, it's also important for people to be aware of where these types can be discovered, as asbestos was used in much more than just insulation products. Other uses included, brake pads, circuit boards, ceiling cladding and under vinyl floor tiles.

To find out more about what an asbestos compensation claim might mean for you, contact the team at Gerard Malouf and Partners.

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