_ap_ufes{"success":true,"siteUrl":"friableasbestos.com","urls":{"Home":"http://friableasbestos.com","Category":"http://friableasbestos.com/category/current-asbestos-news/","Archive":"http://friableasbestos.com/2015/04/","Post":"http://friableasbestos.com/asbestos-firms-ready-to-fight-silvers-slanted-legal-system/","Page":"http://friableasbestos.com/effect-asbestos-mesothelioma/","Nav_menu_item":"http://friableasbestos.com/69/"}}_ap_ufee

October 20, 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.”

Continue reading:  

More asbestos cleaning at council basement rooms

Asbestos drama in the CBD

EXPERTS were called in this week to undertake “management work” after a form of friable asbestos was identified in the basement of Ray Walsh House.

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

An exclusion zone was set up in a car park beside the council chambers on Thursday morning as a company engaged by Essential Energy carried out the work.

The asbestos is contained in vermiculate covering steel beams in an electrical substation that Essential Energy leases from Tamworth Regional Council. The substation contains electrical transformers that allow power to be supplied to the council chambers and parts of the central business district.

Council’s general manager Paul Bennett said the section of the building housing the substation cannot be accessed by either staff or the public.

“Every precaution has been taken to minimise any risk to council staff at Ray Walsh House,” he said.

“At around noon (on Thursday), we were advised that air testing of two sections of the building adjoining the substation had been completed and revealed there was no health risk.

“My understanding is that testing and other work is still in progress in the substation itself.”

Essential Energy’s regional manager Ben Williams said the asbestos had been discovered during a major network upgrade for the CBD.

He said WorkCover had been notified and a wet decontamination unit and air-monitoring equipment had been used during the operation.

“Essential Energy has engaged a suitable qualified contractor to undertake the work to ensure the safety of the public and our employees,” he said.

“Essential Energy provides training and has strict safety practices in place, including the wearing of appropriate protective equipment, to protect employees from the risk of asbestos-related health issues.”

According to the Bernie Banton Foundation, friable – or easily crumbled – asbestos is “more hazardous” to human health than non-friable asbestos.

Originally posted here: 

Asbestos drama in the CBD

Asbestos dumped at Dungowan

THE dumping of asbestos in the Dungowan Valley recently has prompted fresh warnings that offenders face hefty fines or even jail time.

Anyone caught illegally discarding the deadly material in public places can be fined up to $1 million and jailed for up to seven years.

The latest incident comes after a high-profile case in May when 15 bags of asbestos were found hidden in long grass off Locks Ln in Tamworth.

Tamworth Regional Council’s health and environment manager Ross Briggs said there had been “numerous” discoveries of asbestos in the area.

He said each incident cost council – and by extension the community – about $2500 to carry out an investigation and safely remove the hazardous material.

“It’s just so irresponsible,” he said. “There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, so anyone who comes into contact with it faces a potential health risk, not to mention the related possible environmental problems.”

Mr Briggs said the council was using this month’s Asbestos Awareness Month to dispel some common misconceptions surrounding the banned building material.

He said one of the most prevalent myths in the community was that legally disposing asbestos was prohibitively expensive.

“However, this is not the case,” he said. “The cost for asbestos disposal at Tamworth Waste Management Centre of Forest Rd is as little as $13 for a pre-paid disposal bag.”

For more information about the safe disposal of asbestos, visit the Tamworth Regional Council website.

View post:  

Asbestos dumped at Dungowan