Loose fill asbestos information for residents

Loose fill asbestos investigation

During the 1960s and 1970s, pure loose-fill asbestos was sold as ceiling insulation for residential and commercial premises in Australia. A company known as 'Mr Fluffy' installed this insulation in properties in and around the ACT and parts of NSW.

Sampling programs between 1989 and 2009, identified 13 properties in Queanbeyan City and the surrounding local government areas of Yass and Palerang as containing asbestos material installed by Mr Fluffy. Two other contractors may have installed loose filled asbestos insulation during this time in southern NSW.

Identifying impacted residences

The NSW Government announced an independent investigation in August 2014 to establish the number of residential properties with ceiling insulation that may contain loose-filled asbestos material.

An independent specialist is working with the NSW Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) to help establish the scope of properties impacted. The investigation will review and assess relevant records including inspection reports, risk assessments  and compliance and disposal records.

Free property assessments

Free independent technical assessments  are now being offered to eligible affected homeowners for a 12 month period to advise on and confirm the adequacy of risk controls in each of the identified homes.

Residents are encouraged to contact WorkCover NSW by calling 13 10 50 to determine if they are eligible and how they can apply for the free sampling service.

Free testing service

A free testing service is now available to eligible residents in the 14 local government areas for a 12 month period, for any suspected loose-fill asbestos from homes built prior to 1980.

Residents are encouraged to contact WorkCover NSW by calling 13 10 50 to determine if they are eligible and how they can apply for the free sampling service.

Ongoing support for councils

WorkCover NSW will continue to fund the role of the Project Manager – Asbestos Policy at Local Government NSW throughout 2015 and 2016 to support and assist councils in adopting and implementing the Model Asbestos Policy across the state.

For further information about asbestos and its safe management and removal, visit our asbestos page or call 13 10 50

Catalogue No. WC01541 WorkCover NSW 0715

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