Posted July 12, 2018 06:19:03 Asbestos-containing products can cause cancers in humans and animals.
An asbestos-based dust containing 2% or less asbestos fibers can cause a low-grade form of lung cancer called mesothelioma.
In the same way, the presence of 10% or more asbestos fibers in an air-conditioning unit can cause mesothelial tumours.
These are the same types of cancers that can be caused by asbestos-contaminated dusts, like polystyrene foam.
While the majority of people in Australia who work in the asbestos industry have occupational health and safety certificates, asbestos-related cancers can also occur at home.
Tobacco companies are now the biggest employer of asbestos workers, accounting for around 80% of the total asbestos-affected jobs in Australia.
Health concerns around asbestos were raised last year when the Victorian Government revealed it was considering requiring asbestos workers to wear protective masks when cleaning workplaces.
The Australian Health and Safety Executive, which regulates asbestos-free workplaces, is due to issue an asbestos-exposed workplace guideline in March.