November is Asbestos Awareness Month

Asbestos Awareness Month is aimed at halting the growing number of asbestos-related diseases spreading as a result of unsafe home renovations or maintenance.

November is Asbestos Awareness Month which aims to educate homeowners and renovators on the risks of being exposed to asbestos fibres. Lithgow City Council is throwing its support behind Asbestos Awareness Month by reminding home owners and renovators of the risks of asbestos.

Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham said today “Lithgow Council is pleased to provide its support to Asbestos Awareness Month.  Asbestos was widely used in building materials up until the mid-1980’s and promoting greater awareness of the risks, particularly to home renovators, is an important message”.

Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world and the number of Australians diagnosed with mesothelioma has continued to rise.

“I urge anyone interested in home renovation to better inform themselves about the risks associated with asbestos and how they can protect themselves.  Asbestos Awareness Month provides the perfect opportunity” concluded the Mayor.

Residents interested in finding out more about Asbestos Awareness Week can visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au or for more information on the regulations and obligations surrounding asbestos removal www.workcover.nsw.gov.au.

Caring for our community is part of Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2026.

 

Contact:

Mr Andrew Muir
Group Manager Environment & Development
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Asbestos Awareness Week

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