Current scientific and medical evidence supports the fact that simply living or working in a building that contains asbestos is not dangerous so long as the asbestos is in good condition (ie. undamaged, undisturbed).
It is when asbestos is worked with or disturbed and asbestos fibres are released that the risk of developing an asbestos related disease is increased.
While most cases of asbestos related diseases result from sustained workplace exposure, some asbestos related diseases, particularly mesothelioma, can result from brief periods of breathing in asbestos fibres.
To minimise the chance of anyone being exposed to asbestos, it is very important that DIY home renovators prevent the release of asbestos fibres into the air.
Play it safe with asbestos. Before working with or removing a material that contains asbestos, consider: