Following concerns about its safety, the use of asbestos cement was phased out between 1981 and 1987 with the manufacturing of all asbestos products ceasing in 1987.

Asbestos cement was a commonly used building material in the 1970s being used in materials including; 
  • roofing 
  • fencing
  • exterior wall cladding 
  • backing material on floor tiles and vinyl flooring 
  • thermal boards around fireplaces
Following safety concerns, asbestos cement was phased out from 1981 with the manufacturing of asbestos ceasing in 1987.

Dangers exist using:

  • Power tools for cutting, drilling, grinding, sanding and sawing
  • High pressure water guns
  • Breaking or crushing

Important Information:

  • Generally it not possible to tell a product is asbestos by looking at it, 
  • laboratory analysis is required to confirm material as asbestos
  • Anything suspected to be asbestos should be treated as such
  • Left undisturbed, risk to health is extremely low
Note: Given the serious health problems this material can cause it is important that it is handled properly. It is recommended that a professional be employed to remove or handle asbestos.  
If you believe that asbestos is not being handled correctly, please complete a service request form and submit to the City.

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