Asbestos is the subject of continual media attention as a result of the deadly fibres being found in DIY renovations, illegally dumped sheeting and imported construction-related products.
Some experts suggest that the rate of mesothelioma diagnoses (around 600 per year) is yet to peak and this will occur around 2020. Those who worked with the big asbestos manufacturers like James Hardie and others were among the first sufferers of asbestos diseases and called the first wave. Next, tradesmen and workers who used the products were the second wave of sufferers who have contracted asbestos related diseases. In recent times, the focus has been on the third wave - those home renovators who are unknowingly uncovering asbestos used in the building of homes from the 1950s to 1970s - or who are uncovering it but do not appreciate the risk their contact with asbestos creates.
Television series such as The Block and House Rules have prompted many to do home renovation work themselves in an effort to save time and costs associated with professionals. However, spending the extra money to have asbestos sheeting removed professionally reduces the risk of exposing you and your family to the deadly dust.