Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fibre found in a range of products and was commonly used in building materials from the 1940s. However, it later became understood that exposure to asbestos can cause serious health problems such as mesothelioma. In recognition of this risk, a national ban on products containing asbestos has been in place since 2004.
Many buildings in Tasmania still contain asbestos. Where building materials remain undisturbed, they pose little risk to public health. However, the exposure of asbestos fibres through demolition or disturbing roof insulation or piping significantly increases the risk. This fact sheet discusses the rules regarding removal or handling of asbestos.