In April 2015 a report on behalf of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor was released, titled “Asbestos exposure in New Zealand: Review of the scientific evidence of non-occupational risks”. This paper reviews the risks from asbestos exposure in the non-occupational environment.
The review provides a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of the scientific evidence on the risks from asbestos exposure (including exposure type and duration) in the non-occupational environment in New Zealand.
It specifically addresses the level of risk to residents of houses containing asbestos, and of exposure during renovations and repairs.
The report concludes that remediation activities are unlikely to result in any significant increase in risk to homeowners and occupants of damaged houses, unless they repeatedly perform such work themselves, without taking proper precautions such as wetting the surfaces and using a respirator.
The report can be downloaded here: https://royalsociety.org.nz/assets/documents/Asbestos-exposure-in-New-Zealand-April-2015.pdf