Materials containing asbestos are not harmful to humans unless interfered with. Yes! Leave it alone and it does not present any danger to you. Interfere with Asbestos and you could be exposing your self to some serious illnesses.

The first and best advice I can give you therefore in managing and handling asbestos containing products is don’t. Handle it that is. Do not interfere with it in any way, don’t drill, don’t cut it, don’t sand it, avoid being in a position where you can break it.

It is in the disturbing of a product which contains asbestos that the fibres can become airborne. It is airborne fibres that present a problem to humans and their health. The fibres when inhaled can cause problems with your respiratory system. Enclosed environments therefore present a greater chance of affliction than open areas outside.

Given this, the second piece of advice I can give you is, if you have to interfere with it hire a professional to do it for you, and stay away while this is being done. In so doing and if in any doubt that the product contains asbestos, assume that it does.

When hiring an individual to remove or otherwise alter an asbestos product ask them whether they have a licence, what experience they have and what work safe practices they intend to employ. Find out if they comply with industry codes of practice.

The contractors are too dear and the work has to be done. This could be the worse decision you ever make if you do not take precautions. If you have to do it yourself then to start with we recommend you get a professional to have a sample tested and analysed to qualify the material content. Laboratory analysis costs can range between $60-$100 per sample and will depend on the type of material and analysis technique that is required.

If you simply must do it yourself then please, please, please take precautions for the sake of not only your own health but those around you. From preparing the area, wearing protective throw away clothing, and wearing appropriate respirators we recommend you read the information available from the Australian Government Department of Health website for a detailed list of Do’s and Don’ts but (at the end of the day) doing it yourself could cost you what you are not prepared to pay.