Generally the presence of asbestos in home building materials does not pose a risk to public health if the material is not broken and/or not deteriorated in such a way that the asbestos fibres are exposed.
Persons thinking about renovating a house that was built between 1940’s to 1980’s should assume that asbestos products are present within their dwelling and take all appropriate care during the removal, packaging, transport and disposal of suspected asbestos materials.
Whenever you are working with asbestos suspected materials, it is important to ensure that you wear appropriate protective clothing. If working inside, ensure that the room is well ventilated. If you are working outside, ensure the doors and windows of your dwelling and the neighbouring dwellings are closed.
The Department of Health's guide: Asbestos: A Guide for householders and the general public.com provides a number of practicable measures which may be of assistance to you.
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