Skip links and keyboard navigation

Guidance

  •  

Publications produced by Queensland government departments on asbestos related issues.

On this page:

Guides

Asbestos - A Guide for householders and the general public

Asbestos - A Guide for householders and the general public
The Commonwealth publication for the general public on health risks associated with asbestos, especially during home renovations.

Asbestos: A home renovator's and tradesperson's guide for minor work in domestic buildings

Asbestos: a guide for minor renovation (PDF, 4.8 MB)
Find out how to handle, remove and dispose of asbestos safely and legally in Queensland.

Asbestos: A home renovator's and tradesperson's guide for minor work in domestic buildings

Asbestos and home renovations
Play it safe with asbestos - Don't risk exposing yourself or others to airborne asbestos fibres during your renovation.
Download
(PDF, 396 kB) or order a copy of the brochure.

Containment and disposal of asbestos contaminated dust and debris arising from fire damaged buildings

Containment and disposal of asbestos contaminated dust and debris arising from fire damaged buildings (PDF, 2 MB)
This guidance note provides information on the management of fire damaged buildings that have asbestos containing materials (ACMs).

Water blasting equipment tag

Water blasting equipment tag
Do not water blast asbestos cement roofs.

^ to top

Posters

Is that asbestos?

Play it safe with asbestos (PDF, 6.6 MB)
Check before you start - don’t risk exposing yourself or others to airborne fibres.

Is that asbestos?

Is that asbestos? (PDF, 346 kB)
Take precautions to avoid an expensive clean-up bill and minimise exposure to yourself and others.

 

Common locations of materials containing asbestos in a house

Common locations of materials containing asbestos in a house (PDF, 538 kB)
Example of a house with a concrete or clay (terracotta) tiled roof poster.

Common locations of materials containing asbestos in a 1970s house

Common locations of materials containing asbestos in a 1970s house (PDF, 476 kB)
Example of a house built in the 1970s poster.

Common locations of materials containing asbestos in a commercial building

Common locations of materials containing asbestos in a commercial building (PDF, 1.03 MB)
Example of a commercial building poster.

Prohibited use of water blasters

Prohibited use of water blasters (PDF, 211 kB)
It is illegal to use a high pressure water blaster on asbestos cement roofs, fences and walls.

^ to top

Fact sheets

Asbestos bags recycled for use in carpet (PDF, 55 kB)
The Western Australian Department of Health (WA Health) has found that a significant quantity of hessian bags used to transport asbestos, wool, superphosphate and potatoes were recycled with other material, such as jute and goat hair, to manufacture carpet underlay prior to the early 1970s.

Asbestos and fire damaged buildings (PDF, 21 kB)
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fibre that was used in many building materials until the late 1980s, such as asbestos cement (fibro).

Asbestos flooring (PDF, 344 kB)
Information regarding asbestos backed vinyl sheet flooring and vinyl tiles containing asbestos.

Cleaning asbestos cement roofs (PDF, 89 kB)
Cleaning a fibro roof with a high pressure water blaster is illegal as it can destroy the roof surface, cause cement debris and asbestos to spray into the air, and result in widespread contamination.

Handling asbestos safely after a storm (PDF, 281 kB)
It is essential to protect yourself and others when removing debris particularly when asbestos is concerned.

Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities - Rapid Response Protocol
The Rapid Response Protocol (the Protocol) has been developed to enable government agencies to work cooperatively and efficiently across jurisdiction and portfolio lines when products have been identified as containing asbestos and there is concern such products may cross/have crossed state lines.

Is it safe? Cracked, damaged or weathered asbestos cement sheeting (PDF, 3 kB)
Asbestos cement sheeting is a building material used in many Queensland houses. If a house was built before 1990, it is likely to have some asbestos cement sheeting in it.

Management of asbestos incidents (PDF, 461 kB)
Guide to agency response and management of events involving asbestos containing material (asbestos incident).

Maintenance, inspection and testing of H-Class vacuum cleaners (PDF, 933 kB)
The best way to clean up asbestos contaminated dust and small pieces of debris is by using an H-class industrial vacuum followed by a wet-wipe of any surfaces. It is important that these vacuums are regularly maintained, inspected and tested.

Preventing goods or materials containing asbestos being supplied to workplaces in Queensland (PDF, 431 kB)
Businesses importing material must ensure products do not contain asbestos. The importation of asbestos is regulated at the Australian border.

Play it safe with asbestos: tips for property managers (PDF, 58 kB)
Play it safe when repairing or renovating rental properties.

Asbestos health risks (PDF, 267 kB)
This guidance note is about the hazards that asbestos presents to human health through occupational exposure and/or environmental exposure.

Rate this page

  1. How useful is the information on this page?
  2. Comments: (for questions - please use our enquiries form.)