Healthy living

Asbestos – contact details

Extensive use of asbestos in Western Australia up until 1987, especially in building products, has resulted in widespread presence of asbestos materials in the community.

The public can come in contact with asbestos:

  • at home
  • in public places
  • in the workplace.

Since exposure is potentially harmful there are a range of regulations governing contact with asbestos and its removal.

Asbestos regulators

Department of Environmental Regulation

Regulates and provides advice on the safe transport and disposal of asbestos materials.

Phone: 6467 5359

Visit the Department of Environmental Regulation website (external site).

Department of Health – Environmental Health Hazards Unit

The Department of Health (DoH) regulates and provides advice on the safe handling of asbestos materials, especially in the:

  • public sector
  • residential sector.

Guidance is also provided on the management of asbestos contaminated soil.

Phone: 9388 4999

Department of Mining and Petroleum

Regulates safe asbestos practices in the resources industry.

Phone: 9358 8079

Visit the Department of Mines and Petroleum website (external site).

Local government

Local government (external site) enforces the Department of Health asbestos regulatory requirements through their environmental health officers (EHOs). They also provide advice on local asbestos issues.

Department of Commerce – WorkSafe

WorkSafe:

  • regulates and audits all aspects of asbestos in workplace
  • licenses asbestos removalists
  • conducts periodic audits of licensed persons.

Phone: 1300 307 877
Email: safety@commerce.wa.gov.au

Visit the WorkSafe website (external site).

Department of Education

The Department of Education (DoE) manages:

  • asbestos issues in school buildings
  • facilities under the control of the Department.

Phone: 9264 4111

Housing Authority

Manages asbestos issues associated with its properties.

Phone: 1300 137 677 (maintenance issues)

Department of Finance – Building Management and Works

Building Management and Works (external site) leads the planning and delivery of new government buildings, such as:

  • schools
  • colleges
  • hospitals
  • prisons
  • courts
  • police stations.

They also provide:

  • planning and procurement support for the building maintenance, including the management of asbestos
  • arrange government office accommodation.

Phone: 6551 1000
Email: asbestos@bmw.wa.gov.au

More information

Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia (ADS) (external site)
Phone: 1800 646 690 (National Toll Free) or 9344 4077

Australian Asbestos Network (external site)
Phone: 9360 6202
Email: asbestosstories@murdoch.edu.au

The Cancer Council (external site) helpline provides information and support for people affected by cancer, health professionals and the community.

Phone: 13 11 20 for the cost of a local call.


Acknowledgements

Environmental Health


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