An initiative of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI), Asbestos Awareness Week aims to raise awareness and educate homeowners, handymen and renovators on the potential dangers of working with asbestos.

Working with the Asbestos Education Committee (AEC), ADRI launches the event on the 21st November at the Bernie Banton Centre at Concorde Hospital at 9.45am, concluding at 11.30am.

The week long awareness campaign, ‘Think Smart, Think Safe, Think asbestosawareness, it’s not worth the risk’, will continue for 7 days, coming to a close on the 27th November.

Director of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute and a leader in asbestos disease research, Professor van Zandwijk calls for homeowners, handymen and renovators to learn about the dangers of working with asbestos so that they are able to protect themselves and their families from harmful asbestos dust.

He continued to explain that homeowners and renovators, and especially young couples on a budget who enjoy the challenge of completing renovations themselves are at high risk. He recommends they ask the important question, “Could my home contain asbestos and could I be putting my health and the health of my family at risk by disturbing asbestos?”.

Professor van Zandwijk added, “Importantly, if you find asbestos in your home; Don’t cut it! Don’t drill it! Don’t drop it! Don’t sand it! Don’t saw it! Don’t scrape it! Don’t scrub it! Don’t dismantle it! Don’t tip it! Don’t waterblast it! Don’t demolish it! And whatever you do... Don’t dump it!”

Member of the Asbestos Education Committee and Director Operations Group WorkCover NSW, Peter Dunphy explained that regulatory authorities have increased awareness on safe asbestos removal procedures and this knowledge is increasing amongst workers. There are also numerous licensed asbestos removalists that have specialist knowledge on how to safely handle and remove asbestos material.

During Asbestos Awareness Week, the ADRI appeals for donations to help support their valuable research into asbestos related diseases. More information on how to donate is available from the ADRI website.

Visit the Asbestos Awareness website ( for information and advice on managing asbestos in and around the home.