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As part of a program aimed at reducing the unsafe removal of asbestos by home renovators, Clarence Valley Council and North East Waste are offering householders the opportunity to have potential asbestos from their house laboratory tested.
If your house was built prior to 1990 it could potentially contain asbestos cement products, especially in the eaves, external and internal wall cladding, ceilings (particularly in wet areas like bathrooms and laundries) and fencing.
It is not possible to determine whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it. Laboratory testing is the only accredited means to correctly identify asbestos.
If you are in doubt, purchase an asbestos test kit from Council for $20.
The sample kits include instructions of how to take a sample, a P2 safety mask, sample bags and a return paid postal satchel. Return samples to our Grafton or Maclean office and receive laboratory results within a fortnight.
To take part in the program residents can pick up a sampling kit from Council offices at 50 River Street Maclean and 2 Prince Street Grafton. For further information on the program residents can contact Council on (02) 6643 0200.
If your samples are identified as containing asbestos, you may also purchase an “Asbestos Removal Kit” from Council for $20. This kit contains the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) you and a partner needs to safely remove up to 10 square metres of asbestos.
Remember, quantities of bonded asbestos larger than 10 square metres, or friable asbestos, must be removed by a licenced asbestos contractor.
Visit Asbestos Awareness website for factsheets on working safely with asbestos