Home renovators reminded of asbestos safety
Over the Christmas period, the EPA and SafeWork SA have issued a reminder to South Australian renovators about the dangers of asbestos exposure when undertaking holiday home renovations.
EPA Manager Investigations and Waste Compliance, Stephen Barry, said the removal of asbestos is treated seriously in South Australia because sufficient quantities of inhalation of fine asbestos fibres over time, can cause significant health issues.
“Before any demolition or refurbishment takes place, ensure that you have identified any potential asbestos by contracting a licenced asbestos assessor or removalist. Disposal of asbestos to an EPA-licenced landfill is the only responsible and safe options,” he said.
The EPA is also reminding renovators that high-pressure water sprays to clean a roof can be extremely hazardous.
Mr Barry said that this type of cleaning can cause asbestos fibres to be released creating a health risk to the renovator and their neighbours. This then requires professional attention to remediate and can result in a costly clean-up bill.
Penalties for non-compliance or illegally dumping asbestos material applies.
If anyone is found to have illegally disposed asbestos, a maximum penalty of $500,000 or four years imprisonment applies for an individual, or a maximum of $2 million for a body corporate.
Further information on asbestos safety can be found via the EPA website