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Published on May 4, 2015
with asbestos, is 'just a little bit' too much? A MAN WALKS DOWN A STREET. WE HEAR BRIGHT CHEERY MUSIC AND A CHEERY VOICE OVER ANNOUNCER
Voiceover: This is Frank.
Voiceover: He’s a little bit friendly with his neighbours.
THE MAN GIVES HIS NEIGHBOUR A SMALL BUT FRIENDLY WAVE. THE NEIGHBOUR GIVES A SMALL WAVE BACK.
Voiceover: He likes a little bit of music.
HE PUTS HEADPHONES ON
Voiceover: He’s sometimes a little bit late for work.
THE MAN LOOKS AT HIS WATCH AND STARTS RUNNING A LITTLE BIT
Voiceover: He likes a little bit of sauce on a pie. Just a little bit.
AT LUNCH, THE MAN PUTS A TINY BIT OF SAUCE ON A PIE
Voiceover: He’s spent a little of money on a house.
WE SEE FRANK NEXT TO A HOUSE
Voiceover: The house has…a little bit of Asbestos.
SHOT OF A SHED
Voiceover: Big problem? Nah.
MAN SHAKES HIS HEAD
Voiceover: Well, just a little bit.
MAN SHRUGS AND LOOKS THROUGH HARDWARE CATALOGUE
Voiceover: Frank has a little bit of a project. He wants to put in a spilt system air conditioner. He reckons the danger of getting sick from inhaling asbestos fibres is only a little bit of a risk. He heard it from someone. Just a little guy.
FRANK SCROLLS ALONG HIS IPAD
WE SEE A VIDEO OF A GUY IN A SUIT-
Voiceover: If you normalize the risk, everybody has a little bit…
CUT TO ANIMATED DRAWING OF A SET OF LUNGS (HAND DRAWS WHAT THE VOICE DESCRIBES)
Voiceover: But Asbestos Fibres are a known Carcinogen. Inhalation of fibres increases the risks of a number of respiratory diseases- Including Asbestosis, Mesothelioma…and lung cancers.
Even limited short-term exposure can be dangerous.
We don’t know why some develop Mesothelioma even from just a little bit of exposure.
The World Health Organization has stated that there is no known minimum safety level for any form of Asbestos fibres.
This is why a precautionary approach should be adopted
SHOT OF PEOPLE HANDLING ASBESTOS SHEETING WEARING PROTECTIVE GEAR.
CUT OUT OF CARTOON, BACK TO REAL LIFE
Voiceover: Think on it for a little bit.
CLOSEUP OF THE MAN’S HEAD, THINKING.
REVEAL THAT THE MAN HOLDS AN ELECTRIC DRILL
Voiceover: So can Frank drill just a little bit into Asbestos containing materials?
Some say that a little bit’s OK-
CARTOON OF FIBRE
SHOT OF A GRAVEYARD
Voiceover: But tell that to the thousands of Australian Families who have lost loved ones to Asbestos Disease…after exposure to Just a little bit of Asbestos
ASBESTOS IS NO JOKE
THERE IS NO IDENTIFIED SAFE LEVEL FOR ASBESTOS EXPOSURE. DON’T TAKE THE RISK.