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Loose-fill Asbestos Free Testing

By Melissah Douglas

Free testing is available in both Manly and Warringah Councils

  • Free testing is available until 1 August 2016
  • To register for free testing: Registration Link

Loose-fill asbestos insulation (‘Mr Fluffy’)

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, pure loose-fill asbestos was sold as ceiling insulation for residential and commercial premises. A Canberra based company known as ‘Mr Fluffy’ installed insulation in around 1,000 houses in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and is also understood to have installed insulation into homes in New South Wales (NSW). This insulation is particularly problematic because it is raw asbestos which is easy to disturb and fibres can be inhaled.

The NSW Government response to loose-fill asbestos insulation

The NSW Government, under the guidance of the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities, has taken a number of actions to address the issue of loose-fill asbestos in NSW. These include:

  • Receiving updated advice from NSW Health.
  • Announcing an independent investigation in August 2014 to establish the number of residential properties with ceiling insulation that may contain loose-fill asbestos material.
  • A free ceiling insulation testing service available for homeowners with homes built before 1980 who are concerned they may have loose-fill asbestos in their homes. The service is only currently available in 26 local government areas, which have been identified through the analysis of archival government records*.
  • Conducting free technical assessments on properties known to have loose-fill asbestos.
  • The development of a Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program for affected properties and the establishment of the Loose-Fill Asbestos Insulation Taskforce.

* To establish eligibility and request testing, owners can register online or contact Service NSW on .

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