What is asbestos?
Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals that was once lauded for its versatility, heat resistance, tensile strength and insulating properties. Therefore, it was used in home and commercial construction for decades before 2004. It was commonly woven into fabric and mixed with cement.
Why test for asbestos?
Any construction built before 2004 potentially contains asbestos both within the original building or added during later alterations or refurbishments. Therefore, home renovation can expose you to the dangers of asbestos. In New South Wales alone, 70,000 houses were built using asbestos cement, that’s 52% of all houses!