It has been announced in a recent report that homeowners in the South Australia who are looking to sell their homes will have to declare whether or not their homes contain the potentially deadly carcinogenic asbestos when they list the property for sale. This forms part of new plans that are set to be introduced to state parliament.

Asbestos was once widely used in the construction and building industry, and several decades ago it became widely known that exposure to asbestos dust and fibers could result in a range of serious health problems including a form of asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma.

Officials have said that asbestos remains a serious ongoing threat in Australia, and this measure will form part of a range of plans to protect people from exposure and to make it easier to claim compensation for those that have already fallen victim to asbestos related disease.

One official said: “It is a simple thing to do. Asbestos was a common product. For instance, virtually all old homes that have the electricity meter board inside would have an asbestos backing board.” It is thought that asbestos could be in thousands of homes in the area, from places like the garden or driveway to internal areas such as walls and ceilings.

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