NSW government begins asbestos investigation

Date: Sep 02, 2014

The number of people who are suffering the effects of asbestos is rising every month in many Australian states. However, the NSW government aims to slow this rate by launching a new investigation.

Last month, the government announced plans to investigate the number of premises in NSW that could contain asbestos in ceiling insulation material. There is still a lot of public concern about whether homes built in the 1960s and 1970s are contaminated by “Mr Fluffy” material.

Any homeowners who believe their home could be infected with asbestos can seek free independent technical assessments from professionals. The service will be open to residents across 14 local government areas for those in homes built prior to 1980, for a 12 month period.

NSW Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet explained it was imperative that the scale and scope of the asbestos problem is known and can be dealt with in a timely manner.

“I have now asked WorkCover NSW to contract an independent specialist to work with the NSW Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) to help establish the scope of properties impacted,” he said.

“This is so we can verify that known loose-fill asbestos affected houses meet NSW Government current recommendations for limiting exposure, and ensure occupants in identified houses are not exposed to asbestos levels above those found in comparable housing stock of its generation.”

The government is yet to determine what possible measures will be made available to affected households, however, the potential health risks of staying will be spelt out. It is important to remember that if asbestos is undisturbed and sealed off, the exposure risk is very low.

WorkCover’s Acting General Manager Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy, warned residents not to attempt to remove or locate the asbestos themselves.

“Only qualified tradespeople with training in suitable asbestos control measures can work in any areas identified as containing asbestos,” Mr Dunphy stated.

Asbestos compensation claims in NSW

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