New Law Requires Tags on Mr Fluffy Homes

Mr Fluffly homes have become a real concern for homeowners in possession of homes built in the 1960s and 1970s as well as builders and other tradespeople whose job requires them to work on these old homes in Canberra.

This is because a number of these homes still contain harmful loose amosite asbestos with the potential to induce fatal asbestos diseases such as Asbestosis, Mesothelioma and other lung related cancers. That is why a new law requiring the visible tagging of homes containing Mr Fluffy insulation has been so welcomed.

The new law requires the placement of visible tags in the meter boxes of all affected Canberra homes so that tradies and homeowners can be particularly cautious when working on these homes and can arrange for the appropriate removal by registered specialist if necessary.

The problem with these homes is presented when these loose asbestos fibres are disturbed and become airborne, for example when the house is under renovation, however when dormant these fibres don’t present a threat.

According to authorities the aim of the new law is to protect the health and safety of tradies who are most likely to come into contact with these asbestos fibres which are still present in a number of old Canberra homes. The law will be enforced by ACT WorkSafe who is expected to provide more than 1000 tags to affected homeowners.

The tags which are apparently composed of an industrial strength self-adhesive vinyl will be provided to homeowners free of charge and they will have until January first 2015 to have them fixed to their meter boxes.

Homeowners have no reason not to ensure they comply considering that there is no charge to them however if they fail to attach the tag before the beginning of next year, it will be considered an offence and homeowners will have to face the consequences.

The new law regarding the tags was recently announced by The ACT’s chief Minister Katy Gallagher,

100x100xasbestos_hazard_thumb1.jpg.pagespeed.ic.bAtcdjtATc “It is important that the government focus not only on those living in affected Mr Fluffy houses, but also apply strategies to protect tradespeople and other workers who may come into contact with affected homes,” the Chief Minister said.


The chief minister explained that all workers would have to be trained in the risks associated with their work and that the tagging was just one way of raising awareness of work with asbestos,

 “All workers must be trained in risks they may encounter as part of their work. The ACT Government has recently mandated asbestos awareness training for all tradespeople and other workers who may come into contact with asbestos. This training, which specifically deals with Mr Fluffy asbestos, must be undertaken by 30 September this year,” the Chief Minister said.

“Tradespeople should also continue to discuss the circumstance of homes they may be working on with homeowners, ask for copies of any asbestos assessment reports for the property and engage appropriately licensed asbestos experts to assist with the work to be undertaken.


Homeowners should not think that the new law negates their duty to inform tradies of the presence of Mr Fluffy insulation and possibility of harmful asbestos, and provide them with a copy of an asbestos assessment report.

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