Do's and don'ts
Don't panic if you find asbestos in your home.
Do put safety first when dealing with asbestos.
Do treat asbestos with respect.
Don't drill, saw or disturb materials that contain asbestos.
Do seek advice if you think you've got a problem with asbestos in your home.
Do keep activities to a minimum in areas having damaged material that may contain asbestos.
Do take every precaution to avoid damaging asbestos material.
Do have removal and major repair done by licensed asbestos removalists. It is highly recommended that sampling and minor repair also be done by licensed professionals.
Do make sure asbestos is correctly identified. If you think that material might contain asbestos, treat it as though it does until you have it checked by an expert.
Don’t risk damaging asbestos. Asbestos is only a danger to health when fibres become airborne and are breathed in.
Do warn other people. If you know there is asbestos in your home or workplace point it out to anyone who might come into contact with it so they can take precautions. This is particularly important if you ask someone to do repairs or alterations.
Do check the rules and regulations that apply to the handling, removal and disposal of asbestos.