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 …