Asbestos

Asbestos was commonly used in many building materials between the 1950s and the 1990s.

All types of asbestos can be damaging to health. Generally, however, the presence of asbestos does not pose health risks unless it is broken, in poor or deteriorated condition, or disturbed during activities that produce dust containing asbestos fibres.

If you have any concerns regarding the removal of asbestos please contact the WorkSafe Victoria Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 or visit the Worksafe website.

Council would always recommend engaging a licensed professional to manage and remove any asbestos materials.

Asbestos Victoria has references to assist you in finding information relating to asbestos removal and certified removalists. A handy call list can be found on the Asbestos Victoria Website


What to do when you find asbestos

If the asbestos is on an industrial site

  • Industrial removal or storage of Asbestos is licensed by EPA. You can notify EPA of stockpiles you are concerned may contain asbestos or if the stockpile is not being appropriately managed

The neighbour is pulling down an old shed that looks like asbestos:

  • Contact Council's Public Health Team to assess by calling 5624 2411.

I've found dumped asbestos:

  • Contact Council's Public Health Team to assess by calling 5624 2411.

A contractor/business is removing asbestos in my street:

  • Contact Worksafe. You should also contact Worksafe when there is asbestos being removed as part of contracted demolition work and you have not been notified or have concerned about the practices of the site.