Out of sight, out of mind: research finds homebuyers in the dark about asbestos

April 15, 2016 at 3:11 PM

New research has found that home buyers and homeowners, while generally aware of the deadly dangers of asbestos, do not know where it might be found in the home, and do not realise that small DIY jobs, as well as major renovations, pose a risk of exposure to asbestos.
The study also found that homebuyers assume that building inspection reports include an asbestos assessment – which is not the case.The research, commissioned by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA), found that while almost all homebuyers and renovators are aware of asbestos, and most agree it is a hazard, it’s not a front-of-mind issue for them when buying a house or undertaking DIY renovations.

“With around 12 deaths per week from mesothelioma, Australia has one of the world’s highest rates of asbestos-related disease and death,” CEO Peter Tighe said.

“It’s important that all Australians remain vigilant to the risks posed by asbestos, but recent research suggests that many are not informed enough to do this effectively.

“Less than one third of people felt confident in their ability to identify asbestos in the home, with most being unaware that asbestos can be found in wet areas, under flooring and behind tiles.”

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