As Queensland residents begin the task of cleaning up after Cyclone Marcia, a leading asbestos lawyer has urged people to be aware of the dangers of disturbed asbestos.
Slater and Gordon Asbestos Lawyer Joanne Wade said it was important to remember that asbestos sheeting was still in our suburbs and if disturbed could pose serious health risks.
“Asbestos-based products that have been distributed or moved – including by cyclones, or storms – have the potential to release harmful dust, which if inhaled can cause a range of very serious diseases such as mesothelioma.
“There is a tendency to think of asbestos as yesterday’s problem, but asbestos-based products are still very much with us.
“While it can be difficult to tell if homes contain asbestos, it should be assumed that any home built before the late 1980s may contain some kind of asbestos-based material.
“When cleaning up after Cyclone Marcia it’s important that people keep that in mind.
“It is important to remember that people are still being diagnosed with new cases of asbestos related cancers and conditions.
“Asbestos related disease is not a problem of the past – asbestos is still in our communities and it is still extremely dangerous.”
Anyone concerned that they have been exposed to asbestos fibres can register their details and the details of their exposure at www.slatergordon.com.au/asbestosregister
Anyone concerned about asbestos during the clean up should have a professional check if asbestos is present and, if so, should have it professionally removed.