What should I do if I’ve been exposed to asbestos dust?
Not everyone exposed develops an asbestos related disease.
Because it takes a long time (10 to 50 years) for symptoms to appear, it is important to keep a diary of how the exposure happened, with notes about the following:
1. The date and address of where you were exposed.
2. Details of -
3. What was being done that caused the dust?
4. Who was there at the time?
5. Who was responsible for the activity being carried out?
6. Get details of the employer who scheduled the activity.
7. Try to find the name and location of the owner of the premises.
8. If you were employed on the work being done, keep your pay slips, group certificates, tax returns, etc.
The Australian Government has created a register to record the details of members of the community who think they may have been exposed to asbestos.
If you think you may have been exposed to asbestos either during the course of your employment, at home or in the community, you can register your details by following the button below.
The National Asbestos Exposure Register is managed by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency.
The agency strongly encourages registrants to use the online registration form but if you cannot do this, please email
All information contained on the register is kept confidential and details will not be released to a third party without your express consent.