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Shedding Light on Asbestos Issues

Asbestos Awareness Week may have come and gone (19-25 November) but the message to focus on the dangers associated with asbestos lives on. Speaking during the campaign, Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace said Asbestos Awareness Week was a chance

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Worker’s Death Leads to Fine for Sydney Plumbers

A Sydney plumbing business has been issued with a $75,000 fine after one of it’s workers fell through a warehouse roof in January 2016 and died. The employee, a 61 year old man was replacing asbestos roof sheeting and installing

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Beware of Building Products Containing Asbestos

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency and Queensland Building and Construction Commission will be holding a seminar to raise awareness about the risks of imported products containing asbestos which has plagued the Australian building industry. The seminar is free and

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Victorian Tradespeople Warned About Asbestos Risk

Following a campaign that included radio, print and online advertisements, Victoria’s tradespeople are being educated about the risks associated with asbestos. The campaign which began earlier this month aims to ensure tradespeople can clearly identify asbestos and avoid putting themselves

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Latest Asbestos Progress Report Released

The latest asbestos progress report has been released by The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, who report on the nation’s efforts towards an asbestos-free Australia. The report was the second annual progress report and it details activities and data that

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Sydney Opera House Construction Halted Over Asbestos

Work at Sydney’s Opera House had to be halted after asbestos was discovered by construction crews working on the refurbishments. The $200 million revamp of the iconic building grinded to a halt on Friday morning when workers downed their tools

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Tradies and Apprentices Need Mandatory Asbestos Training – Union

The construction union has called for mandatory national training training on asbestos for apprentices and tradies following the release of a study that showed that most tradespeople cannot identify asbestos in the workplace. The study, conducted by Curtin University researchers

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Company Fined $65,000 for Illegal Disposal of Waste

A company has been fined $65,000 for incorrectly disposing of waste materials, after demolishing Department of Defence housing in Darwin. The company appeared in Darwin Local Court where it pleaded guilty to obstructing an authorised officer and polluting the environment.

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SafeWork NSW Waives 5 Day Asbestos Removal Work Notification Timeframe

SafeWork NSW recently waived the 5 day asbestos removal work notification timeframe to allow for the immediate clean-up of asbestos debris following bushfires. Usually the 5 day timeframe allows SafeWork to determine the adequacy of safety systems and site arrangements

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Asbestos Discovery Made Near Queensland Dam

Asbestos material was recently discovered near Leslie Harrison Dam, raising concerns that drinking water may be contaminated, however authorities have down played the issue. Samples taken last week tested positive for asbestos after Segwater water management company were informed by

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