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Workers Concerned About Asbestos Exposure in WA


Reports say that around 450 workers at Perth’s new children’s hospital recently signed an “asbestos register” to monitor their health in the future, following the discovery of asbestos as the site.

Asbestos was recently discovered in a roof panel installed in the hospital. The area where the discovery was made has since been isolated.

Some workers, including those showered in asbestos dust were shocked at the discovery. These workers were sent home, with the work clothes covered in asbestos dust, putting their families at risk of exposure.



Latest Safe Work Australia Report Looks at Carcinogens in The Workplace


The latest Australian Work Exposure Study (AWES) has been released by Safe Work Australia, evaluating the likelihood of worker’ exposure to 38 carcinogens in the workplace.

The most common carcinogens, or cancer causing substances in the construction workplace are asbestos and silica dust however the list is not limited to these two, wood dust, second-hand tobacco smoke and diesel engine exhaust.

The reports used data from the Australian Work Exposure Study, which surveyed 5,528 respondents about workplace activities and controls.

Researchers found that the use of controls could be improved by taking further preventative measure specific to each industry including the construction sector.


What the Construction Sector is Doing to Reduce the Asbestos


In an article on construction website the importance of recognising and understanding the risks associated with exposure to asbestos and other hazardous materials was discussed. The writer highlighted the need for construction workers in Australia as well as engineerings and designers to recognise hazards and risks.

Asbestos is one of the worst hazardous materials found on Australian building sites because it was widely used in the manufacture of building materials until the early 1980s.

A frightening revelation is that Australian used more asbestos per person than any other country on the planetfrom the 1940s to the 1960s, with  many older buildings still containing the dangerous substance.

Victorian Workplace Asbestos Removal to be Overseen by new Agency


The Victorian Government is expected to establish the Victorian Asbestos Eradication Agency (VAEA) by the end of 2016.

The government announced the agency which will plan and advise the government about the removal of asbestos in government buildings especially to minimize the threat of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

The agency was announced recently by Minister for Finance Robin Scott.

The agency will create a register of asbestos contaminated Victorian government buildings and ensure the safe removal is prioritised.




Imported Asbestos Putting Workers at Risk


The unions and workplace safety experts are warning that building materials imported from China may be laden with deadly asbestos and this is creating more danger for workers in the construction field. It is also puting home owners, their families and other building ocupants at risk.

The have been reports that 50 sites across the country contain asbestos materials and that may be just the beginning. As more buildings are inspected, the actual number will become more clear.

While a ban has existed on asbestos since 2003, we can’t say what a safe level of exposure is and therefore all materials containing asbestos should be considered a risk.

Asbestos Fears for Refugee Construction Workers


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 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.


Kings Square Construction Resumes

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WorkSafe WA has declared the Kings Square construction site safe for workers and the public after safety inspectors visited the site on Thursday 8 October.

Inspectors had received a report that there was asbestos in a trench on the site and work was halted.

Since then WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch has declared the site asbestos free and work has resumed.


Why Mesothelioma is a Risk Among Construction Workers


Construction products in the past contained asbestos, which exposed the construction workers working with them to the deadly asbestos fibres which  over time can cause mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.

Those buildings constructed before 1980 are likely to still have asbestos in the walls, insulation and roofing mateials which can be released when construction and renovation work is being undertaken.

When left undisturbed, asbestos products do not present a huge threat, but when disturbed, the fibres are released into the air and can be  inhaled by workers or anyone else who happens to be around. Demolition work is particularly high risk.

Unfortunately mesothelioma rates in Australia are high and thousands of workers have lost their lives due to the disease.

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D-I-Y Home Renovators Beware of Asbestos Risks


Peter Tighe, managing director of The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency recently said that an increasing number of home owners who attempt renovation work such as the demolition of kitchens and bathrooms themselves are doing so without realising the risks of possible asbestos in their home.

We’re seeing an increasing amount of homeowners choosing to do renovations themselves and if their homes are pre-2000 they may be unknowingly exposing themselves to asbestos.

As we know exposure to asbestos can be deadly, with prolonged exposure having been proven to cause Asbestosis, Mesothelioma and lung disease – all incurable diseases.


The Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR) has released its 4th Annual Report


The Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR) has released its 4th annual report, focusing on mesothelioma cases diagnosed during 2014 and notified to the Registry up to 31 May 2015.

The report found that between 1 January and 31 December 2014, there were 641 notifications of people newly diagnosed with mesothelioma.

The majority of newly diagnosed sufferers were male but 123 females were also diagnosed.

In 2014 there were 607 mesothelioma patients that died and 89 per cent  of these where the known cause of the death was due to mesothelioma.

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