Asbestos was commonly used in the manufacture of residential building materials from the mid-1940s until the late 1980s.
Asbestos can pose a serious health risk if fibres are suspended in air and breathed into the lungs. Breathing asbestos fibres into the lungs can cause a range of diseases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
You have a legal responsibility when building or renovating to ensure asbestos is safely removed and disposed of.
Find out how to identify asbestos and how to manage it.
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