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Do I have materials containing asbestos in my house?

It can be difficult to tell whether your home has materials containing asbestos in it just by looking.

As a general rule, if your house was built:

If you are not sure that a material contains asbestos, play it safe and assume that it does. Alternatively, you can get advice from an asbestos consultant or get the material tested by a laboratory.

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Example of corrugated asbestos cement sheeting ("super 6") - a bonded material containing asbestos. (Image courtesy of Dept of Human Services, Victoria)

Last Updated: 24 May 2007
Last Reviewed: 11 November 2008