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A pane in the lungs? Asbestos testing Catch 22

By poetix - 14 June 2012 22

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Mr Poetix closed a window over-vigorously, and it cracked. Time for new glass.

Problem; our house was built in the 1950s, and according to the window people, the putty around the glass may contain asbestos. This needs to be tested before they will replace the glass. Fair enough. I don’t want anyone getting mesothelioma.

I rang the asbestos testing people. They told me that I must remove a piece of the putty to take to them for testing, enclosed in two snap-lock bags. Now, this strikes me as a little odd. I am expected to do the very thing that the tradesmen won’t do, and risk breathing in loose material potentially containing asbestos, in order to get a sample for it to be tested? They told me that they could not give advice on safe removal.

Is this safe at all? Should I wear a mask? Are poets known for strong lungs? Has anyone else faced this problem? Seriously, I would love any advice on how to safely remove the putty sample, as I have no idea. Otherwise we face a very cold winter with a cracked window.

Thank you, dear rioters.

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poetix 5:14 pm 15 Jun 12

Frankie118 said :

Don’t know if this helps at all but there is a dedicated website for working with asbestos in the ACT: http://www.asbestos.act.gov.au

Will check it out.

Thanks again everyone.

Frankie118 4:03 pm 15 Jun 12

Don’t know if this helps at all but there is a dedicated website for working with asbestos in the ACT: http://www.asbestos.act.gov.au

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