Find out if there’s asbestos in your home
Queenslanders will able to find out about asbestos in their homes before it’s too late with a new hotline.
The state government has launched the hotline and a website to help people find out if there’s asbestos in the homes and what they should do about it before they start renovating.
“Once you’ve already started the process and the asbestos is in the air, then unfortunately it can be too late,” Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie told reporters.
Exposure to asbestos particles can lead to asbestosis, a chronic inflammatory lung disease that restricts breathing and can cause cancer.
The new plan also subjects asbestos removalists to a new licensing regime and lists them on the new website.
The plan cuts overlapping asbestos inspection responsibilities, with councils now in charge of residential properties and the government in charge of commercial premises.