According to a report in the Herald Sun, increasingly-popular shows like The Block and The Renovators fail to warn about the dangers of asbestos even though many of the homes featured in the shows must contain some level of contamination.
Australian senator Lisa Singh has called for the shows to ‘grow a corporate conscience’ and educate viewers on the proper way to deal with asbestos in the home.
“These shows have an obligation to tell people that asbestos can be found in fibro sheeting, water, drain and flue pipes,” she said.
“No one wants to see a spike in the diagnosis of asbestos-related disease in 20-plus years and have it attributed to the craze of DIY home renovation.
“These shows have a captive audience, and high ratings, so why not be a good corporate citizen and do the right thing?”
A spokesman for the show’s production company said, A Nine spokesman said: “We understand the dangers are real. As a result we will address the safety issues and assist in educating the Australian public.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will have to wait up to a year before moving into their new Kensington pad because the remodelling programme they are planning involves the removal of asbestos according to The Mesothelioma Center.
The asbestos is believed to have been installed during the last major renovation to Kensington Palace which took place in the 1960s
A spokesman told People Magazine, “Early indications suggest that large quantities of asbestos will have to be removed, as well as work on the heating and hot water systems and electrical wiring. The extent of the work needed to turn the apartment back into a home is not yet known.”
Fly tippers used bolt croppers to gain access to a farm track close to Delph Hill Reservoir near Blackburn where they dumped 20 tonnes of waste contaminated with asbestos according to The Citizen.
The two lorry loads of rubbish, which contained rubble from a demolition site as well as the asbestos waste, cost the council more than a £1,000 to clean up.
United Utilities, the company which removed the waste, says it is hoping to find evidence of the source of the contamination by inspecting the materials removed from the site.