Businesses in Dickson Closed After Asbestos Discovery

Reported by Zoe | 24 Jan, 2014

A number of businesses could potentially be closed for months after asbestos was found in a building in the inner north commercial precinct. Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe said it is believed that the asbestos was found in the roof of the building however additional tests need to be conducted to establish the extent, levels …

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 …

Warning Signs Required for Schools Containing Asbestos

Reported by Zoe | 22 Dec, 2013

The Education Department was taken to court by WorkSafe Victoria and “ordered to lift its game following a series of safety breaches” according to a report in The Age, as a result any schools that contain asbestos will have to have warning signs at their front gate. The breaches were at three Victorian schools that …

Losing Breath – The Adam Sager Story

Reported by Zoe | 13 Dec, 2013

“Losing Breath” is an initiative of the Queensland government and is a film that talks about Adam Sager, a fit young man who died from mesothelioma at the age of 25. In the film, Adam’s family talks about how they accidentally exposed Adam to asbestos when he was 18 months old when they were renovating …

New Website Provides Asbestos Answers

Reported by Zoe | 28 Nov, 2013

A new website asbestos.vic.gov.au, that was launched today, is a comprehensive resource for home owners, businesses, industry and other members of the community. Frequently asked questions like how to recognise asbestos containing material, are answered and a guide on how to handle and remove asbestos safely is available. There are also interactive tools that provide …

Victoria’s MFB Involved in Asbestos Scare with Their Trucks

Reported by Zoe | 09 Sep, 2013

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) in Victoria has employed experts to clean every one of its trucks in forty-seven fire stations in the city following the discovery of asbestos at its mechanics workshop in Thornbury. The workshop is where all of the fire trucks are serviced and it has been closed until further notice. The …

Melbourne Western Suburbs Rail Construction Unearths Asbestos

Reported by Zoe | 07 Jun, 2013

Considerable quantities of asbestos have been unearthed at unexpected locations along a western rail line according to a WorkSafe Victoria report that was sighted by Fairfax Media, and some of it has been handled by building workers without them realising. Apparently along the $5 billion Regional Rail Link it was expected that large amounts would …

Asbestos Discovered at NBN Sites in Queensland

Reported by Zoe | 03 Jun, 2013

Asbestos has been reportedly found at Queensland national broadband network (NBN) worksites. At one site it was water blasted onto workers faces inside an underground telecommunications pit in Brisbane and at another site in Mackay asbestos dust was left unattended for five days. Jarrod Bleijie, the state Attorney-General, said that he is concerned about the …

Presence of Asbestos in Cable Pits Communicated Three Years Ago

Reported by Zoe | 01 Jun, 2013

According to News.com.au confirmation has been received that Telstra was informed of asbestos issues in its cable pits three years ago. Telstra in turn have said that they communicated this to the NBN rollout organisation when the deal was signed on the network two weeks ago. This information has come to light on the back …

Union: Chrysotile asbestos export must be controlled

Reported by Haydee | 08 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Controlling the export of chrysotile asbestos is necessary to limit the death toll from the deadly substance in developing countries, a union said on Monday. ACTU President Ged Kearney said that the Rotterdam Convention in Geneva, Switzerland must include chrysotile asbestos in its list of hazardous substances which are being monitored for …

On the Spot Fines for Asbestos on the Cards in ACT

Reported by Zoe | 07 May, 2013

Mark McCabe, the ACT Work Safety Commissioner, will be seeking the approval of the ACT government to impose $5000 on the spot fines on builders that do not dispose of asbestos correctly. He said that too many builders are risking the health of workers and the public by investing the time and money necessary to …

NSW Premier criticises judge over sentence on man who dumped asbestos

Reported by Haydee | 08 Apr, 2013

NSW Premier Barry O’FarrellPhoto: Parliament of NSW NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell was “stunned” that a man who dumped asbestos in Sydney’s southwest was able to escape jail time. The man was handed on Thursday a three-month suspended sentence in the NSW Land and Environment court for contempt of court for failing to follow a court …

Asbestos found at Barangaroo construction site

Reported by Haydee | 28 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Officials from the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) found 23 asbestos fragments at Sydney’s Barangaroo site. The discovery happened just ten minutes after a building and engineering company told them the area has been certified to be asbestos-free. According to a Courier Mail report, CFMEU organiser Darren Taylor said workers …

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 …

Renovators warned of asbestos risk

Reported by Haydee | 25 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library DIY enthusiasts and renovators are cautioned against the dangers associated with asbestos when conducting home improvement projects over the summer period. Master Builders Australia warns renovators that approximately one third of all homes in Australia contain asbestos and pose a potential health risks unless managed with utmost care. “DIY and home renovation …

Asbestos warning over Coonabarabran bushfire

Reported by Haydee | 21 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Authorities have warned residents and workers assisting in the clean-up at the bushfire-devastated town of Coonabarabran in New South Wales on the potential asbestos contamination of buildings destroyed during the fire. According to an ABC News report, 53 homes, 113 outbuildings and farm machinery were destroyed during the fire. Fire and Rescue NSW …

Union calls on Government to act on international trade of asbestos

Reported by Haydee | 20 Nov, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Australian Council of Trade Unions urges the Australian Government to use its influence to limit the international trade in asbestos and the use of the toxic material in the South East Asian region. ACTU president Ged Kearney said that the union will host an international delegation for the next fortnight of …

Australia leading the way in fighting ‘for a world without asbestos’

Reported by Haydee | 23 Oct, 2012

Senator Lisa Singh and Prime Minister Julia Gillard Photo: Senator Lisa Singh’s official site Tasmania Labor Senator, the Hon Lisa Singh has recently returned from the ANDEVA (National Association for Defending Victims of Asbestos) conference where she talked about the Government’s efforts in making the country asbestos-free. She also attended the rally for the ‘International …

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 …