Asbestos Removal

Requirements for the removal of asbestos from development sites

Glen Innes Severn Council has developed the asbestos information resource for residents, home renovators and developers.  Asbestos was commonly used in many building materials between the 1940s and the late 1980s because of its durability, fire resistance and excellent insulating properties.

Due to changes in the Regulations regarding the removal of asbestos the owner of the property or builder cannot remove more than 10m² of asbestos material.  Any amount larger than 10m² can only be removed by a licensed contractor. Council recommends that a licensed contractor be used for any removal of asbestos.

Asbestos cement products that may be found around the home include:

  • Flat (fibro) or corrugated sheeting;
  • Roof shingles;
  • Floor tiles and underlay;
  • Electrical meter boards; and
  • Imitation brick cladding

Council permits the disposal of asbestos at the Glen Innes Landfill.  However a minimum of 48 hours notice is required prior to disposal.

Asbestos can cause serious illness

Every year in Australia, hundreds of people die from asbestos-related disease. When asbestos is disturbed, it forms a dust made up of tiny fibres. This can easily be breathed in and cause serious health problems.
Breathing in asbestos fibres can lead to:

  • Asbestosis

  • Lung cancer
  • Pleural disorders
  •  Malignant mesothelioma

Australia has the highest national rate of reported mesothelioma in the world, presumably related to the large amount of asbestos used in the past. It is expected that there may be as many as 11,000 cases still to develop and be diagnosed.

You should see your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • shortness of breath

  • a cough or change in the way you cough
  • blood in the sputum you cough up from your lungs
  • pain in your chest or abdomen
  • difficulty in swallowing or prolonged hoarseness
  • significant weight loss.

Further information on asbestos related disease, symptoms, treatment and support services is available at:

http://www.pleuralmesothelioma.com/

http://www.asbestos.com

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/factsheets/environmental/asbestos_fs.html 

For further information please contact Council's Department of Development & Environmental Services on 6730 2350 or WorkCover on 13 10 50.

On-line services

Links to following Workcover Information:

Fibro and Asbestos - A Practical Guide

Working With Asbestos Guide

heads asbestos coordination authorities local government fact sheet 3510