The Australian government has released a brochure to help people to deal with asbestos when cleaning up properties and buildings that have been damaged as a result of storms. Many officials say that the brochure is much needed and contains a range of valuable advice for those that may come into contact with the potentially deadly substance.

The brochure states: “It is essential to protect yourself and others when removing debris particularly when asbestos is concerned. Everyone must take great care against asbestos exposure, as asbestos fibres can be released through sawing, drilling or breaking up of asbestos products.”

It goes on to state: “Asbestos fibres may also be found in a few older forms of insulation used in domestic heaters and stoves, and in ceiling insulation products. Ceiling insulation containing asbestos was generally used in commercial buildings.”

It also provides advice on protective gear and clothing, stating: “Wear disposable coveralls and gloves. Wear an approved particulate respirator in the work area… ordinary dust masks, such as those with a single strap are not effective in preventing the inhalation of asbestos fibres and dust and therefore should not be used.”

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