Australian Government to invest more than $10.5M for asbestos safety

Reported by Haydee | 15 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Australian Government will invest more than $10.5 million to establish a national approach in protecting the people from asbestos-related diseases. This was revealed by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten on Tuesday. “Asbestos is a cruel, indiscriminate killer, and because of its widespread use over much of the …

WHO issues statement on stopping asbestos use

Reported by Haydee | 21 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer issued a joint statement to reiterate that all forms of asbestos can cause cancer and that “stopping the use of all forms of asbestos is the most efficient way to eliminate asbestos-related diseases.” The joint statement came as a response …

Campaign to make Australia asbestos-free by 2030 launched

Reported by Haydee | 18 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Asbestos victims and two Australian unions have launched a new campaign to make the country asbestos-free by 2030. The Asbestos Free Future has been launched to address the threat of asbestos which is still present in many older homes as well as government and commercial establishments. The Australian Manufacturer Workers’ Union (AMWU), …

Former workers of brake and clutch manufacturing company urged to sign up to asbestos registers

Reported by Haydee | 28 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union is calling on former workers of a brake and clutch manufacturer in Ballarat to register with lawyers if they are concerned about having asbestos-related illnesses. According to ABC, AMWU’s Ballarat-based organiser, Colin Muir, is encouraging all former employees to sign up to asbestos registers in case they …

Union: Hunter asbestos removal unit might be axed due to budget cuts

Reported by Haydee | 23 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A team of asbestos experts tasked to remove and monitor asbestos in Hunter medical facilities is facing the risk of being axed due to state government health budget cuts, a union says. The asbestos removal unit of Hunter New England was put into place in the wake of the Newcastle earthquake because …

All asbestos must be removed by 2030, says government report

Reported by Haydee | 22 Aug, 2012

A report commissioned by the Federal Government has called for the removal of all asbestos-containing materials from commercial and government buildings by 2030. The report released last Thursday by Workplace Minister Bill Shorten is also calling for a national asbestos management body to be set up. AAP reported that Mr Shorten warns of the possibility …

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 …