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Workplace Health and Safety's latest film on asbestos

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04 Feb 2013

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland have released a film, Clear and present danger: Asbestos exposed, which shows common places where asbestos can be found in a typical Queensland home built before 1990.

Asbestos was a commonly used building material prior to 1990 as it was durable and fire proof. However, it's been linked to three diseases. The first is Asbestosis, which is the scarring of the lung tissue, and that prevents oxygen being absorbed through the lung and into the bloodstream. The second more serious one is Asbestos Related Lung Cancer.

The third and most serious disease is Mesothelioma, and that's the cancer of the lining of the lung.

Air born fibres can become exposed during home renovations or simply using a screw driver to insert screws into a wall made from asbestos.

Watch Clear and present danger: Asbestos exposed to find out how you can work on your home without risk of being exposed to asbestos.

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