Concerns have been raised about the safety of refugees living in Nauru and working in a government funded housing renovation program. The concerns surround the possibility that these refugee construction workers may have been exposed to asbestos fibres during the renovations.
In an article on Abc.net.au one refugee was cited explaining that he wasn’t given the proper protection from the hazardous asbestos fibres. The man’s claims were reinforced by photographs showing workers near damaged asbestos sheeting without any protection.
The government claims its renovation scheme is safe and no refugees were involved.
Remember, employers have a duty of care to ensure workers aren’t being exposed to asbestos materials on the job.