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Health Effects Of Asbestos Exposure . .

There is NO safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres! You must observe safety precautions when removing or working with asbestos, otherwise you risk exposing yourself and your family to long-term health risks.

If asbestos is disturbed it can release dangerous fine particles of dust containing asbestos fibres. Breathing in dust containing asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer which most often occurs in the lining of the lung. There is no cure and the rates are expected to increase from 2012 to 2020.

The risk of contracting asbestos related diseases increases with the number of fibres inhaled and the length of time that you inhaled asbestos fibres (number of years exposed). Symptoms of asbestos dust related diseases do not usually appear until about 20 to 30 years after the first exposure to asbestos. The average time between exposure and developing mesothelioma is about 45 years.

Further information . .

NSW Government Health NSW Government - Health - "Asbestos and Health Links"
Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos Education Committee


Funding of the website is by the Asbestos Education Committee. The Asbestos Education Committee is funded under the Amended and Restated Final Funding Agreement between James Hardie and the NSW Government where James Hardie is to contribute to an education campaign for the benefit of the Australian public on the dangers of asbestos.

Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation (ADRIF)

The ADRI/ Bernie Banton Centre was established by the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation (ADRF), a charitable, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to assist and support the research efforts of ADRI into asbestos-related diseases.

Bernie Banton Foundation

The Bernie Banton Foundation consists of a team of caring, committed volunteers and individuals who have all been touched in some way by the suffering and/or loss caused by asbestos disease.

To find out who is a part of the Bernie Banton Foundation team, click on the image to the left


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