Beware of asbestos during clean-up

IPSWICH City Council has issued a warning to professionals and volunteers about the dangers of asbestos during the flood clean-up.

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said many of the flooded Ipswich homes were built before 1990 and could have asbestos-containing materials which pose a hazard when cleaning up.

“Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has warned any sheds or buildings built before 1990 were likely to have some asbestos materials in them, so if they've been damaged then be very cautious when cleaning up,” Cr Pisasale said.

“You can't tell if materials contain asbestos by looking at them. It's best to err on the side of caution, assume that asbestos is present and treat it as such by wearing protective gear, keeping the material damp and handling it with care as fibres can be released into the air through sawing, drilling or breaking it up.

“Your best bet is if you think something may contain asbestos, then please leave it for the professionals. If the material is not damaged then the asbestos fibres cannot be released.

“We are saying to be careful and if in doubt, leave it.”

More information on the safe handling of asbestos is available on 1300 369 915 or at www.worksafe.qld.gov.au.



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