Asbestos fears after natural disasters

The national Asbestos Management Review, established by the government last year, has received numerous submissions from more than 60 stakeholders claiming the destruction of asbestos-related building materials, as a result of the disasters, is releasing harmful fibres into the atmosphere.

Clinical Oncological Society of Australia president Professor Bogda Koczwara said more than 600 Australians died of mesothelioma each year and rates were increasing.  

“Many people don’t realise they are exposing themselves to asbestos when they pull up their lino floors or recover relics from their flooded home,” she said.