National asbestos management review must not increase risks to workers

“Master Builders’ Board has, as an aspirational goal, the removal of asbestos from Australia’s built environment in the long term. The way to achieve this aim is for asbestos to be removed when it has deteriorated or where the building is undergoing renovation or alteration that might disturb asbestos.” “The recent University of Western Australia research on asbestos disease indicates that home renovators are the third wave of asbestos disease victims. Any education activities under a National Strategy need to have two clear messages – home owners should not do any renovation until they are sure that they will not disturb asbestos and asbestos removal should be undertaken by experts.”

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