Unions to push for a National Asbestos Authority

Reported by Haydee | 02 Jul, 2012

Unions are pushing for the establishment of an asbestos authority to protect people as well as remove asbestos from residential areas and commercial buildings. According to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union acting national secretary Paul Bastian met with the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and Workplace Relations Minister, Bill …

Asbestos contamination at mine sites in Pilbara

Reported by Haydee | 27 Jun, 2012

The Department of Mines and Petroleum is conducting an investigation over asbestos contamination at Pilbara mine sites. A mining company confirmed that brown asbestos was found last month at its West Angelas mine site. ABC News reported today that the fibres were identified in material which was brought in from a quarry in Newman as …

Asbestos contamination in a Kuranda construction site confirmed

Reported by Haydee | 08 Jun, 2012

Asbestos has been confirmed at a construction site in Kuranda which was shut down this week. According to The Cairns Post, the State Government is considering fining the firms involved. A spokesperson from the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland said the presence of asbestos in the building was confirmed by testing at a laboratory accredited …

Construction work halted due to suspected asbestos contamination

Reported by Haydee | 06 Jun, 2012

A building site located in the tourism village of Kuranda was shut down due to suspected asbestos contamination. The area was issued a stop-work yesterday to allow authorities to inspect the site. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland said that no work will commence in the area until a safe system of work can be implemented. …