Health and safety

The ACT Chief Health Officer and the Asbestos Response Taskforce continue to provide information about asbestos exposure for former homeowners, tradespeople, neighbours and the Canberra community.

You may have lived in, worked in or maintained or regularly visited an affected property and wonder about your exposure to asbestos fibres.

It is important to know that the chances of developing an asbestos related disease increase with the cumulative exposure to asbestos fibres that a person can breathe in during their lifetime.

For nearly 40 years, houses with loose fill asbestos insulation have been a part of our community – today we know about this dangerous substance and the development of asbestos related medical conditions.

Just because a person has been exposed to loose fill asbestos insulation does not mean they will necessarily develop asbestos related medical conditions.

The chance of developing an asbestos related disease increases with cumulative exposure to asbestos fibres that a person can breathe in during their lifetime.

If you are concerned about your health, you should seek advice from a qualified medical practitioner who can provide an assessment of your individual circumstances and exposure risk.

Further information

Call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 to speak with ACT Health or the Asbestos Response Taskforce.

National Asbestos Exposure Register www.asbestossafety.gov.au

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