How can I understand my potential risk of exposure to loose fill asbestos? And what should I do if I am concerned about my health?
For nearly 50 years, houses affected by loose fill asbestos insulation or Mr Fluffy have been part of the Canberra community. Over time many people have lived in, worked on or in, provided services to, or routinely visited affected houses and are interested to understand any health risks.
There can be a range of reactions to learning you have lived in, worked on or in or even visited a property affected by loose fill asbestos insulation or Mr Fluffy. Understanding any risk is the key to establishing the potential for health effects both physical and emotional.
It is important to know that just because a person has been exposed to loose fill asbestos does not mean they will develop an asbestos related medical condition. To date, most people who have developed asbestos-related diseases have been exposed to a relatively large number of fibres throughout their work (e.g miners, builders).
People who are concerned about their health should seek advice from a qualified medical practitioner who can provide an assessment of individual circumstance and exposure risks.
For Further Information
- Check the list.
- Access supporting information, in particular:
- ACT Asbestos Health Study - Australian National University
- Dealing with the emotional impact of the Mr Fluffy legacy - presentation by Dr Rob Gordon
- Health and Support InfoSheets
- If you feel anxious or concerned access support through your General Practitioner, ACT Medicare Local on 6287 8066, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.