Asbestos testing is underway in 68 buildings across Australia including Sydney’s Chris O’Brien Lifehouse after the deadly substance was found at Perth Children’s Hospital and a Brisbane office tower. All of the buildings had been supplied with products from Yuanda – a manufacturer in China – where Asbestos is legal.
Brad Parker, the national assistant secretary of the Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy sector Union (CFMEU) construction division said he is concerned for his members.
“It’s building workers in this country who are exposed or potentially exposed to deadly airborne Asbestos fibres as they don’t know what has Asbestos in it and what doesn’t. The end result of that of course is this deadly disease, Asbestosis and mesothelioma and it’s a terrible long, suffering death and it’s just horrendous,” Mr Parker said.
Asbestos Building Register
An Asbestos building register is a comprehensive document that lists all identified – or assumed – Asbestos in a commercial building (including investment properties), public building or workplace.
By law, an Asbestos building register is required if:
- The building that was constructed BEFORE 31 December 2003
- Asbestos has been identified in the building
An Enviroscience Asbestos building register records:
- Any Asbestos that has been identified or is assumed to be present
- The date when the Asbestos was identified
- The location, type and condition of the Asbestos (including photos)
- If no Asbestos has been identified
Other buildings under scrutiny include the Westfield shopping centre in Sydney’s CBD, and the Star Casino at Pyrmont. Asbestos tests on three sites at Barangaroo have returned negative results. CEO of the Asbestos