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 …

Asbestos takes toll years after Wittenoom kids exposed, study reveals

Reported by Haydee | 06 Sep, 2012

Wittenoom kids playing in an asbestos sandpit in 1953 Photo: Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc. Children who were exposed to asbestos in Wittenoom, Western Australia are now suffering a range of asbestos –related diseases or dying at a rate well above the average population, according to a study conducted by researchers from The University …

SafeWork and EPA to audit asbestos removalists

Reported by Haydee | 06 Sep, 2012

SafeWork SA, together with the Environment Protection Authority is conducting audits of South Australia’s licensed asbestos removalists to ensure safe practices at their worksites. A/Executive Director, Juanita Lovatt stressed the importance of a review to protect people from the health dangers of asbestos. “We cannot underestimate the harmful effects of asbestos fibres, and that is …

Unions welcome new asbestos office

Reported by Haydee | 05 Sep, 2012

The establishment of a new national agency to oversee the removal of asbestos from all government and commercial buildings by 2030 was welcomed by unions calling on the new office to act quickly on making Australia free from the toxic material. According to a report published by SafetyCulture, the Office of Asbestos Safety was announced …

China cars recalled over asbestos

Reported by Haydee | 16 Aug, 2012

Approximately 23,000 Chinese-made cars were recalled after asbestos was found in its engine and exhaust gaskets. WorkCover NSW is coordinating with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, other work health and safety regulators and government agencies as well as the supplier of Great Wall and Chery motor vehicles in …

ETU to take Federal Court action over asbestos dispute

Reported by Haydee | 03 Aug, 2012

The Electrical Trades Union is threatening a Federal Court action against an engineering company after workers were exposed to asbestos at a work site in Queensland. AAP reported that several workers at the Curtis Island liquefied natural gas plant were exposed to asbestos this week. The site was immediately quarantined but ETU released a statement …

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 …

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. …

Australian seafarers still faced with asbestos risks

Reported by Haydee | 10 Apr, 2012

The Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers warned that Australian maritime workers are still being exposed to the deadly asbestos fibres on board foreign registered ships which have been discovered to be carrying fake documents certifying that they are asbestos-free. The Age reports that vessels, including tug boats brought into Australia, continue to put …

VIC: Asbestos Scare Halts Demolition Work

Reported by Julia | 06 Aug, 2011

WorkSafe has ordered that demolition work be stopped on a former kindergarten building in the town of Cockatoo, 50 km south-east of Melbourne, due to asbestos fears. WorkSafe issued a prohibition notice on further demolition work on the building yesterday. WorkSafe spokesman Michael Birt said all work at the site was halted to allow asbestos still …