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December 19, 2018

More asbestos cleaning at council basement rooms

SAFETY FIRST: Essential Energy contractors carry out work on Ray Walsh House in Tamworth after asbestos was discovered in a basement area. Photo: Gareth Gardner 061114GGA01

SAFETY FIRST: Essential Energy contractors carry out work on Ray Walsh House in Tamworth after asbestos was discovered in a basement area. Photo: Gareth Gardner 061114GGA01

FURTHER asbestos management work has been carried out at Tamworth’s council chambers in Peel St.

Two rooms in the basement of Ray Walsh House underwent precautionary cleaning late last month.

The rooms are adjacent to an electrical substation, where the presence of asbestos was confirmed in 2013.

Last month Essential Energy engaged an “asbestos hygienist” to clean the substation, which it leases from the council.

The asbestos is contained in a fire-retardant material applied to steel beams throughout the substation and adjoining rooms.

Heat and vibrations generated by electrical equipment has caused the substation’s asbestos to crumble, creating a potential health hazard.

Tamworth Regional Council corporate and governance director Robert Charlesworth said there was no threat to either the public or employees.

“When Essential Energy were here doing their substation, we had a hygienist undertake some air particle testing,” he said.

“It came back negative in those adjacent rooms, which is the cleaner room and the meter room. I made the decision that because they said there was dust in there – it was not asbestos-contaminated dust – to have them fully cleaned by the hygienist.”

Mr Charlesworth said there was some form of asbestos in virtually every building in Tamworth.

“While the hygienist was here I got him to do some testing in other areas within the building, to make sure the asbestos that we’re aware of is maintained and in good order,” he said.

“There is no issue with the asbestos that’s in the vermiculite covering the beams unless it has an external factor interfering with it, such as heat and vibrations.”

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