Focusing on DIY: Protect yourself and your family

A new education campaign by Blue Mountains City Council is focusing on how to protect your family when you are planning home renovations.
Claire and Daniel

The Hazardous waste… together we’ve got it sorted campaign, running to June 2021, is providing easy-to-understand and up-to-date information to residents, home renovators and home renovation businesses.

This month the focus is on home renovators who are starting a renovation, doing repairs or just redecorating a home. If your home was built before 1990, it’s important to know the asbestos risks.

Asbestos is found in many parts of older homes, including:

  • roofing
  • ceilings and internal walls
  • eaves
  • fencing
  • flue and water pipes
  • fireplaces
  • behind tiles
  • flooring underlay

Before you start work use the Asbestos Checker or have a licensed asbestos assessor inspect your property to find asbestos. It’s cheaper and easier to deal with asbestos if it isn’t a surprise.

Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill said: “We encourage you to identify where asbestos could exist before you start any work on your home – use a licenced asbestos assessor to protect your family’s health.”

Remember to never use high pressure water, compressed air or even a garden hose with a trigger attachment on asbestos roofs or other asbestos containing materials. Watch this SafeWork NSW video for more information:

This has been produced as part of the Council’s Enforceable Undertaking with SafeWork NSW. The full undertaking is available at

Watch the video – Protect yourself and your family

Watch the video – Report Illegal Dumping

Watch the video – Disposing hazardous waste correctly

Watch the video – Types of hazardous waste

Get more information at

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