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Slater and Gordon lawyers are encouraging Lower Hunter residents to have their homes tested for loose-fill asbestos fibres this month, following the discovery of the deadly substance in a Glendale home.

The home has been purchased and will be demolished by the NSW Government, which has consequently launched a free asbestos testing initiative for houses in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Cessnock, Maitland and Port Stephens throughout July.

Senior Slater and Gordon Asbestos Lawyer Joanne Wade said loose-fill asbestos – which was occasionally used for ceiling insulation during the 1960s and 1970s – posed a health risk if released into living spaces.

She said simply removing loose-fill asbestos from a ceiling does not remove the potential hazard with demolition the safest option.

“Unfortunately, we regularly represent people who have developed serious health conditions, following exposure to asbestos dust and fibres decades earlier,” Ms Wade said.

“While this is the first property to test positive in the Hunter region, it is concerning that NSW properties have been found to contain loose-fill asbestos and this is the first home to test positive.

“Asbestos has been banned in the construction industry for decades but people can still be exposed to the hazardous substance in older homes.

“We believe it is essential for people whose homes were built before the 1980s to have their properties tested for loose-fill asbestos, which could potentially be causing harm to you and your loved ones.”

If a property is found to have the substance in NSW, a homeowner will have the opportunity to sell their house to the Government at market value.

In 2014, the ACT Government implemented a similar program for Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos insulation, which impacted more than 1,000 properties.

For details on how you can have your property tested go to: www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/ftw...

If you think you have been exposed you can also register your exposure on Slater and Gordon’s National Asbestos Register: https://www.slatergordon.com.a...

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