In the May 15 episode of the series showed contestant Jarrod Coppock removing vermiculite, which can contain asbestos.
Slater & Gordon asbestos lawyer Margaret Kent told the Herald Sun the show sent the wrong message by repeatedly showing Coppock creating clouds of dust while removing the textured ceiling material without wearing a face mask.
“Anyone watching that footage in isolation will just assume that vermiculite is safe to disturb without wearing protective clothing or having to seek professional advice.”
Nine confirmed a hazardous materials audit was done on all properties and official tests for asbestos were conducted at the South Melbourne site.
“Nine did not consider it was appropriate to include an asbestos warning in relation to the vermiculite removal given (it) did not contain any asbestos,” Nine’s Victoria Buchan said.
Nine’s website highlights the potential dangers of disturbing vermiculite but Ms. Kent maintained it should have been related by the programme itself.
In 2011 Labor senator Lisa Singh told Parliament messages at the bottom of TV screens should be displayed to educate the public preparing to do renovations.
At the time a Nine spokesperson said, “We understand the dangers are real. As a result we will address the safety issues and assist in educating the Australian public.”