Environmental health is encompassed within the broader area of public health.  It is distinct from environmental protection, but the two do overlap in some areas. 
Environmental health practice covers the assessment, correction, control and prevention of environmental factors that can adversely affect health, as well as the enhancement of those aspects of the environment that can improve human health.  It encompasses all the measures necessary to deal with issues such as environmental degradation and hazards including contaminated water and food and chemical exposure.  Environmental health practice also provides opportunities to enhance health by planning for improved health outcomes and working towards health promoting environments.

Asbestos and Health Risks

Asbestos was commonly used in:   

  • cement sheeting (fibro)
  • drainage and flue pipes
  • roofing, guttering and flexible building boards (eg Villaboard, Hardiflex, etc).

In the 1960's and 70's loose fibre asbestos was also used in some parts of NSW as home roof insulation.

How can asbestos affect my health?

Breathing in asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. The risk of contracting these diseases increases with the number of fibres inhaled and the risk of lung cancer from inhaling asbestos fibres is also greater if you smoke. People who get health problems from inhaling asbestos have usually been exposed to high levels of asbestos for a long time. The symptoms of these diseases do not usually appear until about 20 to 30 years after the first exposure to asbestos.

For further information and resources please visit the Asbestos Awareness website here.

Contact Details

Warren Shire Council
Phone: 02 6847 6600
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pdfAsbestos Fact Sheet819.05 KB
pdfEnvironmental Health Plan 2012-2017609.47 KB