OHS News — Asbestos

OHS & WHS: Audit Reveals Most Australian Schools Contain Asbestos

OHS & WHS:  Audit Reveals Most Australian Schools Contain Asbestos

For millions of Australian parents, the biggest concern when sending their children off to school is what to pack in their lunchbox. This is hardly surprising, given their perception that schools are a safe place for children. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. Many children are at risk of exposure to asbestos in aging school buildings. A recent audit of Australian schools revealed most contain some form of asbestos. In the southeastern state of Victoria alone, only 39 of the 1,440 state schools audited — or 3% — passed the test. Hundreds of schools in New South Wales contain...

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Council not suspended over OHS & WHS asbestos management

Council not suspended over OHS & WHS asbestos management

Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill recently announced that the NSW Minister for Local Government, Gabrielle Upton has decided not to proceed with the suspension of the elected councillors after consideration of a submission addressing the issues surrounding the council’s management of buildings with asbestos. In a statement the council expressed thanks to the Minister for her consideration of the submission and for her decision to not proceed with suspending the elected Councillors of Blue Mountains City Council.  “Consistent with the Council’s request and recommendation, the Minister has foreshadowed the issuing of a Performance Improvement Order. This approach is considered to...

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OHS and WHS: progress reports released on asbestos management

OHS and WHS: progress reports released on asbestos management

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency has officially released two significant documents that report on working towards an asbestos free Australia. Chair of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council, Diane Smith-Gander launched the second annual progress report for 2016-17, which outlined activities and data that state, territory and Australian Government entities have reported to the agency under the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness. The Progress Report highlights a series of case studies from across Australia that shows how the work supporting the National Strategic Plan is delivered. “It is pleasing to see that each year we can demonstrate...

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Blue Mountains Council’s asbestos management exposes serious OHS and WHS issues

Blue Mountains Council’s asbestos management exposes serious OHS and WHS issues

SafeWork NSW has launched a full investigation into asbestos management practices at Blue Mountains City Council. According to the Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean the investigation came after SafeWork NSW was contacted about alleged asbestos mismanagement at several council-managed workplaces in the region. “I’ve directed SafeWork inspectors to conduct a full and thorough investigation into these disturbing allegations,” Kean said. “This is a very significant step but it’s absolutely warranted as the number of asbestos discoveries in the mountains, and council’s poor asbestos management, are alarming.” To date SafeWork inspectors have issued Blue Mountains City Council with notices in...

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OHS and WHS: Illegal dumping of asbestos on suburban street poses risk to residents

OHS and WHS: Illegal dumping of asbestos on suburban street poses risk to residents

The ten tonnes of asbestos that was found dumped in the middle of a suburban street in Chester Hill on Monday was only metres from the front yards of residents. According to News Limited, residents notified police and fire crews around 1am after noticing the toxic material in the middle of their street. Fire crews arrived suited up in HAZMAT gear and found concrete, branches, piping and asbestos. The street was blocked off and residents told to stay clear of the waste. Manager of the Sydney Regional Illegal Dumping Squad, Darryl Atkins told Fairfax Media that it appears the truck...

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