Did you know you can search for the street address of a residential property to see if it is affected by loose-fill asbestos ceiling insulation?
Loose-fill asbestos is crushed raw asbestos which was installed in the ceiling spaces of NSW residential properties in the 1960s and 1970s as insulation. If disturbed, fibres can become airborne. Asbestos fibres that are breathed in can pose a risk to health.
In order to provide safety, certainty and support to the community, the NSW Government has created the Loose-fill Asbestos Insulation Register (LFAI Register), which enables the broader community to know whether any particular residential property is affected.
A property is added to the Register once the presence of loose-fill asbestos has been verified. Only properties that have been confirmed to contain loose-fill asbestos will be added. Properties can only be removed from the LFAI Register after the premises has been demolished and the site comprehensively remediated.
If a property does not appear on the LFAI Register and you have concerns that it may be affected by loose-fill asbestos, you are encouraged to discuss the matter with the homeowner.
Once a property has been added to the LFAI Register the owner is required by law to ensure that a compliant warning sign is displayed at the main switchboard of the affected premises. Tagging premises in this way helps ensure the health and safety of emergency workers, tradespeople, service providers and maintenance workers.
To search for the address of an affected property or to find out more about the Loose-fill Asbestos Public Register visit loosefillasbestos.nsw.gov.au