Home renovators and owner-builders
The removal of asbestos containing materials from homes and workplaces has different obligations under different laws. The removal should only be done with specific care to avoid the release of asbestos fibres into the air.
Home renovators and owner-builders must hold a certificate obtained under arrangements approved or established by Queensland Health to remove more than 10 square metres of non-friable (also known as bonded) asbestos materials.
When it comes to asbestos removal and renovation, there are a number of prohibited activities ( http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/asbestos/manage/prohibited-activities.htm ) because of the potential to expose self, clients, family or neighbours with asbestos fibres.
Home renovators and owner-builders must comply with public health laws when removing non-friable asbestos-containing materials.
If the renovation involves the removal of non-friable asbestos containing materials, extreme care must be undertaken during the process.
Full Article: http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/asbestos/manage/removal.htm
The Asbestos Diseases Society
of Australia Inc.
The Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia (Inc) (the Society) is a caring, non-profit, charitable organisation which was founded in 1979 to pursue the following broad objectives:
- Providing counselling and support services to those who develop asbestos-related diseases and their families
- Providing economic assistance to those who suffer financial hardship or social disadvantage as a result of contracting asbestos-related illness
- Political Lobbying and advocacy in asbestos-related matters
- Fundraising for medical research and support services for asbestos diseases victims and their families
- Raising community awareness of the dangers associated with asbestos in the community, and providing information thereon as requested
There is not yet an absolute cure for mesothelioma, but significant progress toward that goal is allowing patients to live longer and enjoy healthier lives, providing reasons for hope where once there were none.
Although funding for mesothelioma research is not in the ballpark of that of some other cancers, more researchers and disease specialists believe that finding a cure is not an unrealistic dream anymore. Alternative treatment options like immunotherapy and gene therapy, along with promising clinical trials, better drugs and a multimodal approach, dramatically changed the perception of a mesothelioma diagnosis within the past generation.
“Cure Meso” it’s more than a slogan on a T-shirt; Cure Meso is a reachable goal. Closer to a cure is a reality.
Author:- Karen Selby
FULL ARTICLE:- http://www.asbestos.com/treatment/mesothelioma-cure.php
Asbestos in the Home
Asbestos fibres were used widely in building materials before the mid-1980s. If your house was built or renovated before the mid-1980s, it is likely to contain asbestos cement building materials.
You may be surprised at the various types of products that were made from bonded asbestos cement included fibro sheeting (flat and corrugated), water drainage and flue pipes, roofing shingles and guttering – even the backing of vinyl sheet floor coverings.
In NSW, the use of asbestos was discontinued in all fibro sheets and products by the mid-1980s. After this, asbestos continued to be used principally in friction products, for brake and clutch linings. The manufacture and use of asbestos products was banned nationally in Australia from 31 December 2003.
FULL STORY: http://asbestosawareness.com.au/asbestos-in-the-home/
To banish or not to banish?
Still today and this, in spite of the studies proving that it can be without danger when used in a safely manner, people preach the banishment of chrysotile. They say, to who wants to hear it, that chrysotile kills thousands of people. They however forget to tell the small history behind their headline, that is to say the story where it is explained that chrysotile was often mixed with amphiboles – large fibres responsible for cancer and mesothelioma – or was used, in the past, in a negligent way leaving the workers in clouds of dust.
Full Article: http://www.chrysotile.com