Carpet Underlay and Wall Tiles

It was recently discovered that at the height of the asbestos manufacturing period, between 1950 to the 1970s, hessian bags, used to transport imported asbestos as well as raw asbestos from the mine at Wittenoom to Perth, were recycled and used to make carpet underlay.


While only a small amount of carpeting from that era can be found in our homes now, the public have been alerted to the need to be careful when removing old carpet.

This is an image of what carpet hairfelt underlay looks like. Only laboratory examination can confirm if asbestos fibres are present. Based on investigations carried out by WA Department of Health it is considered unlikely asbestos fibres would be present in underlay that was installed between the 1960-1970’s.