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As the clean-up continues across Queensland and NSW after widespread flooding, residents are being urged to be cautious of asbestos given the deadly consequences of exposure.

Joanne Wade, asbestos practice group leader at Slater and Gordon Lawyers, warns that if breathed in, asbestos can lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer and other serious diseases, with the danger increasing if the building material is disturbed.

“There’s a real concern that residents may start the clean-up process without appropriate protection, and you must be aware that it’s better to be overly cautious when dealing with anything you think could contain asbestos,” Ms Wade said.

“The dangers of asbestos should never be underestimated, and I urge home and business owners who are repairing properties after the flooding to be cautious and involve authorities if you are unsure or have any concerns.”

“Asbestos may be present in walls, fencing, roofing, shingles and siding, eaves, backing material on floor tiles and vinyl flooring as well as water or flue pipes.

“While it can be hard to know if your home or business contains asbestos, it was a common building product right up until the mid-1980s, so you should assume that if your home is built before then there’s a likely risk.”

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