With the recent discovery of asbestos on multiple sites across the country, posing a risk to workers and the public including the discovery on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and near a childcare centre in the city, it is useful for people to know what to do when they find asbestos illegally dumped in the surroundings in order to minimise the risk to themselves and their families.
Asbestos is a carcinogen which means that it has cancer causing abilities, something that certain contractors seem to forget.
The use of all forms of asbestos has been banned in Australia since the end of 2003 but often when contractors are called in to homes to undertake renovation and revamping work they may disturb asbestos fibres in already existing asbestos containing materials in the home, often placing the homes occupants and workers on the site at risk. The danger involved with asbestos is the risk airborne asbestos fibres cause when inhaled by humans and animals over a period of time.
Watch this video from WorkSafe which explains more about who to contact if asbestos is discovered at your home or surroundings: