Persistent problems with mould and Asbestos have delayed the completion of the redevelopment of the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) by six months. After repeatedly assuring Tasmanians the hospital would be completed by the end of 2018, Health Minister Michael Ferguson told Parliament that date had been pushed back to mid-2019. Mr Ferguson blamed the need for substantial rectification works needed to address a mould outbreak in a temporary building, designed to house patients while the redevelopment proceeded.
The building was meant to be ready early this year but is now not expected to be completed until the end of October and then fitted out for patients. There have been three Asbestos scares since July, including the relocation of 40 staff after Asbestos fell from the ceiling.
Mould and your health
Mould in a home or workplace can cause discomfort and many illnesses such as respiratory disease, headaches/migranes, cough, sinus problems & rashes and therefore it is important to make sure you or your employees are not suffering from any of these illnesses.
Asbestos and your health
Asbestos is the generic term for a number of fibrous silicate minerals and was commonly mixed with cement to form building products. Until the mid-1980s, Asbestos was widely used in a range of commercial and home building materials. Asbestos becomes a health risk when fibres are released into the air and breathed in, and is linked to Asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. The only way to identify Asbestos is by a Lab test, Enviroscience offer a downloadable Asbestos test kit for bonded and non-friable Asbestos samples.
More Asbestos found: Minister
The Minister also said more Asbestos has been