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Under Public Health Regulation 2005, Asbestos means the asbestiform forms varieties of mineral silicates belonging to the serpentine or amphibole groups of rock-forming minerals, including the following;
There are two types of asbestos containing material (ACM): friable (loosley bound) ACM (ie, insulation, sound or heat proofing material) or bonded ACM (ie, fibro sheeting)
Bonded ACM means ACM, other than friable ACM, that contains a bonding compound reinforced with asbestos fibres. E.g. asbestos cement pipes, flat or corrugated asbestos cement sheets consisting of sand and cement reinforced with asbestos fibres.
Friable ACM means ACM that, when dry, can be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to powder by hand pressure.
Exposure to asbestos can cause:
For more information on Asbestos and its health impacts, visit the following sites:
The Public Health Act 2005 governs asbestos risks. Council deals with domestic asbestos issues less than ten (10) square meters. Other asbestos removal such as large quantities or professional building sites are to be referred to Queensland Health (07) 3234 0111 or Workplace Health and Safety 1300 362 128 respectively.
For more information on asbestos generally please visit the Queensland Health Asbestos Site.
For more information on asbestos for home renovators please visit the Queensland Government website.
To log a request or for further information about this topic please contact Environmental Health Services on 4776 4607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.