Asbestos roof tiles will be fitted with a special asbestos test kits, to be deployed by 2018, the Queensland Government has announced.
The kits are being tested in a pilot scheme for residents and contractors, and are being rolled out in a series of communities in Queensland.
Asbestos test kits will be deployed for all new residential and commercial properties in Queensland by the end of the year.
“Asbestos is a highly toxic material, which causes permanent and long-term health effects,” Health Minister Simon Birmingham said.
In response to the asbestos threat, the Government has introduced a national plan to phase out the use of asbestos in the state, with all new buildings to be built with non-asbestos materials.
Mr Birmingham said the testing would help inform the new plan.
What are the hazards of asbestos?
Asbestos has been found in the building materials used to make buildings and structures in Australia.
It is highly corrosive and resistant to cleaning.
A new study conducted by the University of Queensland and the Australian Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (AISHA) found that asbestos in buildings is responsible for up to a third of the deaths and serious injuries caused by asbestos-related illnesses in Australia each year.