Are you starting renovations or repairs on your property and worried about the risk of asbestos? Asbestos Aware will help you identify what asbestos could look like, where it could be found and how it should be dealt with.

Asbestos is a health hazard to you and your family if you inhale the very fine fibres that can be created when you damage or disturb materials that contain asbestos. If you, or any contractors you use, don’t plan work carefully and take appropriate precautions, you may spread contamination. This can settle on carpets, drapes and soft furnishings and become airborne at a later date. Don’t expose yourself and your family to this risk.

Asbestos is a health hazard. Disturbing or damaging asbestos can loosen fibres that can be inhaled through your lungs. Once asbestos fibres are in the air, they can easily spread through your home. Don’t expose yourself and your family to this risk. Plan your work carefully and make sure your contractors are aware of the asbestos risks and appropriate controls for asbestos removal work. Make sure your contractors are appropriately licenced.

This was originally developed specifically for Greater Christchurch after the 2010/11 earthquakes and subsequent rebuild, but the information has been updated so it is relevant for anyone in New Zealand undertaking or commissioning residential work that may involve disturbing asbestos containing materials.

Please note the Regulations around working with asbestos changed on 4 April 2016. For more information visit


This video will help you to find out more about asbestos.

Asbestos Aware was established in October 2014 by the Combined Health and Environmental Risks Programme Control Group (CHER) associated with the Christchurch Rebuild. The group is made up of representatives from:

  • Environment Canterbury (Canterbury Regional Council)

  • Christchurch City Council

  • Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

  • WorkSafe New Zealand

  • Canterbury District Health Board

  • Waimakariri District Council

  • Selwyn District Council

  • Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu


Asbestos Aware is now managed by WorkSafe.