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Asbestos is a term for a group of six naturally occurring mineral fibres belonging to two groups: Serpentine Group - comprised of only chrysotile (white asbestos) Amphibole Group - comprised of anthophyllite, amosite (brown asbestos or grey asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos). Asbestos was commonly used in building materials for a number of years and products containing asbestos can also be found in certain machinery (plant) and vehicles. Asbestos becomes a potential health risk if people breathe in airborne fibres.
If you are planning to work on asbestos, you need to take precautions to protect your safety. Under Victorian law, you can only work on asbestos under very limited and defined circumstances.
April 1, 2014 - Guidance for employers about the risks associated with cleaning asbestos cement roofs with high pressure water blasters.126519
November 24, 2015 - This safety alert provides information about how to make sure that imported building products do not contain asbestos.186843
August 1, 2010 - Information on the correct coveralls to wear when dealing with asbestos removal. Failing to comply with the safety measures can lead to health risks.21632
January 1, 2010 - Information on hessian bags and the safety steps required when removing carpet underlaying or pipe lagging.21607