Buildings contain many types of materials and associated chemicals. Unless managed and handled properly some of these can affect the health of people doing renovations, their families, neighbours and the environment.
Hazards posed by some materials, such as lead and asbestos, are fairly well known. However, dust and fumes from apparently ‘safe’ materials such as timber products, manufactured timber (e.g. MDF) paint or cement can also potentially affect people’s health and the environment.
This booklet provides information on how proper planning, safe work practices, and a thorough clean up will help to reduce the risk from dust and fumes created by hazardous materials during renovations.