Asbestos-containing waste fell off truck

Reported by Haydee | 15 Apr, 2014

Building wastes containing asbestos, which accidentally fell off the back of a truck at Old Guildford in Sydney’s west were cleared up by fire crews on Monday.

Union concerned on alleged asbestos importation

Reported by Haydee | 06 Jan, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Unions are worried that ten years after asbestos has been banned in Australia, its importation still continues. According to ACTU Assistant Secretary Michael Borowick, making the country asbestos-free by 2030 is unlikely to happen at this rate. “The goal of an asbestos free Australia by 2030 cannot be reached if an ineffectual …

Ensuring safety from asbestos after bushfires

Reported by Haydee | 21 Oct, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW has waived the five-day asbestos removal work notification timeframe to allow immediate clean-up and protect people from asbestos. NSW is currently experiencing one of the worst fire seasons in 10 years and WorkCover NSW Work Health and Safety Division General Manager, John  Watson, said fast-tracking assessments will ensure that fire …

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 …

Asbestos removal on a Downer home to commence

Reported by Haydee | 01 Jul, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Work will soon commence on the removal of loose-fill asbestos insulation from a residential area in Downer, the ACT Work Safety Commissioner announced today. Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe, said the house was missed during the Loose Asbestos Insulation Removal Program in 1988-1993. “Although this form of asbestos poses clear health risks, …

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 …

WorkSafe ACT to work with Comcare on asbestos pits issue

Reported by Haydee | 14 Jun, 2013

The ACT government is working with Comcare and a telecommunications company in relation to health and safety issues associated with the National Broadband Network rollout in the country, particularly issues involving the telecommunication company’s ‘pits’ (Read SafetyCulture report). Work has been stopped in the ACT until a comprehensive management strategy is reviewed and implemented. 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 …

Five-day asbestos removal notification waived to facilitate clean-up after bushfires

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW has waived the five-day asbestos removal work notification timeframe to allow immediate clean-up of asbestos debris from the bushfires. WorkCover NSW Work Health and Safety Division General Manager John Watson said in usual circumstances, legislation will require a five-day wait period before removing asbestos. “This five-day timeframe allows for WorkCover …

Australians want asbestos removed in the country by 2030, according to poll

Reported by Haydee | 11 Sep, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Majority of Australians want the federal government to ensure the removal of asbestos from all homes and public buildings within two decades, says a new poll commissioned by the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Two thirds of the respondents believe that asbestos remains a major health risk and want all asbestos removed …

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 …

The Office of Asbestos Safety Announced Today

Reported by Admin | 04 Sep, 2012

Bill Shorten, the Federal Workplace Relations Minister, announced the creation of the Office of Asbestos Safety today at a summit in Sydney. With approximately 600 people dying every year from asbestos related illnesses, the purpose of this new national agency is to supervise the elimination of asbestos from all commercial and government premises by 2030. …

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 …