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Date PostedJune 25, 2013

White Card Update: Asbestos – Who to Contact in Crisis

With the recent discovery of asbestos on multiple sites across the country, posing a risk to workers and the public including the discovery on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and near a childcare centre in the city, it is useful for people to know what to do when they find asbestos illegally dumped in the surroundings in order to minimise the risk to themselves and their families.

Asbestos is a carcinogen which means that it has cancer causing abilities, something that certain contractors seem to forget.

The use of all forms of asbestos has been banned in Australia since the end of 2003 but often when contractors are called in to homes to undertake renovation and revamping work they may disturb asbestos fibres in already existing asbestos containing materials in the home, often placing the homes occupants and workers on the site at risk. The danger involved with asbestos is the risk airborne asbestos fibres cause when inhaled by humans and animals over a period of time.

Watch this video from WorkSafe which explains more about who to contact if asbestos is discovered at your home or surroundings:

Link: http://youtu.be/Q0L-istUdzA

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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