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Compound offers hope of stopping mesothelioma progression

Reported by Haydee | 14 Aug, 2015

For years, scientists have looked for a cure to this dreaded disease, and researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have discovered a compound which manifested promising results, thus, having real potential to halt progression of mesothelioma.


Awareness on asbestos risks and management urged

Reported by Haydee | 02 Dec, 2014

Education is the best key to preventing asbestos-related diseases and NSW residents and tradespeople are encouraged to check the information available on asbestos on the potential risks of being exposed to asbestos and how to manage asbestos products.


Mandatory asbestos awareness training in ACT

Reported by Haydee | 01 Jul, 2014

Asbestos awareness training will be conducted and all workers who might be exposed to asbestos are required to attend the course by 30 September.

Reminder on dangers of asbestos

Reported by Haydee | 04 Nov, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library In celebration of Australia’s first Asbestos Awareness Month this November, WorkSafe WA issued a reminder on the hazards of asbestos to workers and the community. “Unfortunately we have the sad legacy of Wittenoom to remind us of the potential hazards of asbestos, but this has served to give us a strong commitment …

Australian Mesothelioma Registry 2nd Data Report released

Reported by Haydee | 04 Oct, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Australian Mesothelioma Registry which is funded by Safe Work Australia and Comcare has released its second data report which focuses on mesothelioma cases diagnosed in 2012 and notified to the Registry up to 30 June 2013. The following are the key findings of the report: As at 30 June 2013, the …

Former council worker claims he was asked to cover up asbestos

Reported by Haydee | 26 Sep, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A former northwestern NSW council worker says he was asked to cover up asbestos with garbage and green waste. According to the Herald Sun, the man claims that on several occasions he was asked to cover dumped asbestos, push it into wall or burn it. He used to work at landfill sites …

Builders warned of asbestos risk in temporary power boards

Reported by Haydee | 05 Aug, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is reminding builders to check temporary power boards for asbestos. According to Queensland’s safety watchdog, asbestos containing materials or ACM were commonly used as an electrical insulator on meter boards and panels, and as bases to busbars, spark arresters and flash guards. Older switchboards have higher chances …

Builder Facing Prosecution over Asbestos Exposure

Reported by Zoe | 17 Jun, 2013

The ACT builder that allegedly exposed a family to asbestos is being investigated by WorkSafe ACT and may be prosecuted depending on the findings of the investigation. The family were exposed while their bathroom was being renovated and were living in the house with their two young children while the renovations were taking place. The …

Harbour Bridge workers stop work over asbestos safety concerns

Reported by Haydee | 14 Jun, 2013

Photo: National Health and Medical Research Council Around 150 workers have walked off their job as asbestos contamination testing is being conducted at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The site was shut down this morning after a meeting was done between the NSW Roads and Maritime Service and union representatives. According to an ABC report, asbestos …

Hidden Source of Asbestos Causes Exposure

Reported by Zoe | 13 Apr, 2013

David Caldwell accidently exposed himself to asbestos, even though he was well aware of the dangers of asbestos, at the time he was working on a door that he had no idea contained asbestos. He was performing the simple task of installing a new lock into the door and it wasn’t until he saw the …

Brewery workers concerned they were exposed to asbestos

Reported by Haydee | 11 Mar, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library More than 20 former workers of a brewing company are concerned they were exposed to asbestos during their employment in the 1950s and 60s. According to a News Limited report, the workers sought the help of compensation lawyers in response to an advertisement for witnesses for a worker’s legal claim against the …

Renewed push for the creation of asbestos authority

Reported by Haydee | 15 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Building unions have launched a campaign on Wednesday in Sydney to renew a push for the creation of a federal asbestos authority. The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union and asbestos community groups urge their members to call on the Federal Government to “commit Budget funds so the massive task of clearing Australia’s buildings …

SA: 4-year Asbestos Safety Action Plan to be released this week

Reported by Haydee | 29 Nov, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library South Australia’s four-year Asbestos Safety Action Plan will be released at the end of this week, detailing practical activities and continued efforts by stakeholders to manage asbestos and prevent its effects. Minister for Industrial Relations Russell Wortley during the official launch of the Asbestos Awareness Week 2012 said every South Australian worker …

New film on asbestos dangers released by the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Reported by Haydee | 27 Nov, 2012

A new film on the dangers of asbestos ‘Clear and present danger: Asbestos exposed’, was released by the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ). The film shows common places where asbestos can be found in a typical Queensland home built before 1990, when asbestos was commonly used as a construction material. It also offers safety …