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Asbestos help for home renovators at this week’s Home Show

Home renovators at this weekend’s HIA Sunday Mail Home Show will be able to pick up free information kits showing how to avoid asbestos and electrical safety hazards in the home.

 

Office of Fair and Safe Work Queensland head Dr Simon Blackwood said the kits would show homeowners how to minimise the risk of exposure to asbestos.

 

“It is important to raise community awareness about asbestos and make it as easy as possible for home renovators to make sure that any work they do to improve their home does not affect the health of their family in years to come,” Dr Blackwood said.

 

“Free information kits will be available at the Home Show which are very useful for people considering DIY projects around the home, or for those who want to learn more about asbestos.

 

“The kits contain plenty of great resources, including guidebooks, renovation planning notebooks and USBs preloaded with films that explain clearly where you might find asbestos materials around the home.

 

“A model house will be on display at the stand which will show where to find asbestos in older Queensland houses and how to work with it safely.

 

“Electrical safety kits will also be available for the first time, with straightforward but comprehensive guidance on keeping your family safe around electricity.

 

“Just as with asbestos, if you are not sure or not qualified to work with electricity, call someone who is. It’s just not worth risking your family’s safety – or your home insurance policy – by doing your own electrical work.

 

“The repercussions of not knowing what you are doing can be life threatening,” he said.

 

Dr Blackwood added that government agencies across the state would be working together to ensure seamless and integrated service delivery for asbestos management in Queensland.

 

Both information kits will be available at the Home Show at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre this weekend. You can also order kits at www.worksafe.qld.gov.au or by calling the WHS Infoline on 1300 369 915.

 

Rugby league legend Trevor Gillmeister will be at the Home Show on Friday from
10am-12pm. Visit the asbestos awareness stand to put in your entry to win a signed Queensland Origin jersey – the winner to be drawn at 4pm Sunday 31 August.

 

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Last reviewed
28 August 2014
Last updated
5 November 2015

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