Find & identify tool

Make sure you know the location of asbestos before undertaking any repair or demolition work.

Publications

Asbestos - A guide for householders and the general public

The Government of Australia developed Asbestos - A guide for householders and the general public to communicate health risks associated with asbestos during home renovations and to provide householders with information to safely manage risks associated with asbestos materials in and around the home.

Asbestos brochure

This general asbestos brochure provides information on how to locate asbestos and how to safely remove it.

To order printed copies of this brochure, email your details to resources.safework@sa.gov.au.

Codes of Practice

  • How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace - Code of Practice
  • How to safely remove asbestos - Code of Practice
  • Amendment to Code of Practice - How to Safely Remove Asbestos:

    In South Australia, air monitoring is required for any licensed asbestos removal work. Because it's a model code which has application in other states and territories, page 19 of the Code of Practice - How to Safely Remove Asbestos states that air monitoring is not required when removing more than 10m2 of non-friable asbestos. This is not the case in SA. Air monitoring is required for both Class A and Class B asbestos removal work.

Checklists

National Asbestos Exposure Register

The Australian Government has created a register to record the details of members of the Australian community who think they may have been exposed to asbestos containing materials.

The National Asbestos Exposure Register is managed by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA).

Advice

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

The role of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is to provide an effective coordinated response when asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in imported products are identified.

The ASEA has information dedicated to raising awareness about the risk of imported products containing asbestos as well as safety alerts on products that may pose a health risk from asbestos.

Australian Border Force

The Australian Border Force supports the Australia-wide ban on asbestos by preventing the import of prohibited asbestos products.

It is the responsibility of importers to ensure any product they import is asbestos free. Goods manufactured outside Australia might be labelled 'asbestos free' and still contain low levels of asbestos. Importers must be aware of their supply chain including the origin and manufacturing process of parts and components, particularly those at risk of containing asbestos.

YouTube

Asbestos: home renovators beware

Australia's widespread use of asbestos has left a legacy of asbestos-containing material in our built environment. Almost every home built or renovated before 1990 contains some form of asbestos building material.

Making people aware of where in their homes they could find asbestos is important given the number of do-it-yourself home renovators. It is also important that people understand what to do having established where it is.

SafeWork SA has made available two asbestos safety segments filmed as part of the Master Builders Association of South Australia's 'Building Ideas' TV program in 2012 and 2013.