Exposure to Asbestos

Safety Alert: Exposure to ASBESTOS

Safety Alert No: 46

Location: Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital

A 2nd Year Apprentice tasked to replace smoke detectors at Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital was notified by his co-worker that the ceiling he was working on contained asbestos; he had already screwed and drilled in approx. 5 smoke detectors. All tradesman ceased work immediately and the incident was notified to his Field Officer. An investigation is currently underway.

As soon as you identify you may have been exposed to asbestos please report it immediately to your Field Officer.

Be aware as most hospitals, factories, industrial, commercial and domestic housing built in Perth prior to 1990 may contain asbestos, if you are unsure what you are drilling/cutting into ensure you ask your tradesman about the age of the building and if it is possible that there may be asbestos.

By law all buildings that contain more than 10m2 of asbestos must have an asbestos register, if you are unsure what you are working on ask to see the register.A licenced contractor must be used to remove more than 10m2 of asbestos. Download a list of licensed asbestos contractors in Western Australia.

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