This page contains information about the new regulations on Asbestos that came into effect on 4 April 2016.
4/05/2016 10:07 a.m.
“Council owns a large number of buildings built from a wide range of materials over the past 100 years, and we employ lots of local contractors to do work on them,” says WDC Health and Safety Manager Desarae Williams.
“Central government has recently introduced some new Asbestos Regulations that we want to make sure our contractors, and the wider community know about.
“The WorkSafe website has some very good advice about this building material that was used in all sorts of building products including fibrolite, asbestos cement cladding, textured ceiling finishes, as backing on some older vinyl flooring, in the past.
“Generally building materials containing asbestos are safe provided they have been sealed with a coat of paint, remain intact and are not disturbed.
“But: if asbestos is damaged, broken, cut or moved, drilled or ground, it can break down into tiny airborne particles that (if inhaled) can set off catastrophic lung diseases.
“Being a big, publicly funded organisation, we are very aware of our Health and Safety obligations and that many of our subcontractors might not have as many resources dedicated to health and safety as we do.
“As a result we are very keen to get the message out to employers and sub contractors in our community that they must make sure they take all necessary precautions when working around asbestos.
“We also want people to be aware that they may have asbestos in their own homes because individuals can sometimes miss out on information that is available at workplaces. If someone is planning a house renovation (even lifting old vinyl) there could be an asbestos risk to check out.”
New Regulations on Asbestos came into effect on 4 April 2016.
A free copy of the Asbestos Regulations 2016 can be downloaded from the WorkSafe website.