Cumberland Council, stretching from Strathfield to Seven Hills and Wetherill Park has announced a number of events and services as part of its commitment to Asbestos Awareness Month. The council has provided the below information for residents to take advantage of to learn more about asbestos and appropriate safety measures.
Asbestos Information Sessions
Find out how to safely identify, remove and dispose of asbestos in your own home at a free information session. All participants will receive a free asbestos removal kit valued at $100 which includes safety gear and all the information you need to carefully remove asbestos sheets under the size of 10 sqm.
When: Thursday 21 November 2019
When: 6:30pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Merrylands Community Centre, 17 Miller St, Merrylands NSW 2160
When: Thursday 28 November 2019
When: 6:30pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Auburn Centre for Community Corner of Macquarie Rd and Hutchinson St, Auburn
Cumberland residents will be given priority to attend these sessions.
Household Asbestos Inspection
If you’re worried there may be asbestos in your home but you’re not sure how to identify it then Council is offering a number of free household inspections which consist of a visual assessment in order to help residents understand where asbestos is in their home.
Each inspection will run for 45 minutes and will be conducted by occupational hygienist specialists.
To be eligible for the inspection your house must be in mostly original condition and built before 1990.
Next inspection days are: Friday 22 November and Saturday 23 November 2019.
To register call 02 8757 9000. Spaces are limited.
Please note this inspection trial is focused on the identification of bonded asbestos only, and as such the consideration of loose fill asbestos insulation is beyond the scope of this program.
Free Asbestos Collections
Organise a free safe collection and disposal of small amounts of loose bonded asbestos laying dormant on residential properties. Asbestos that is more than 10 square meters and generated as a result of recent or future renovation or repairs will NOT be collected.
To book a collection in November please call Council on 02 8757 9000 or, for an interpreter service, 13 14 50.
Many homes in the Cumberland Council area built before 1990 will contain asbestos. This is a dangerous mineral that was added to many building materials because it helped to strengthen them, as well as provide other benefits including improved insulation and heat-resistance.
Asbestos poses a risk to your health if the tiny fibres are inhaled so keep your home well maintained and managing risk during home renovations is essential.