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December 13, 2018

DIY crowd plays renovation roulette with deadly asbestos

TOOWOOMBA residents are playing renovation roulette.

They are exposing themselves to asbestos, with TV shows like the Block encouraging people to do the work themselves, a Toowoomba ex-builder has said.

Wayne Bryan worked as a house builder since the 1960s and was exposed to asbestos.

He now lives with pleural plaques which were caused by the dangerous silicate mineral.

The condition is characterised by fibrous thickening on the lining of the lungs (pleura) or diaphragm.

It typically arises 20 to 30 years after asbestos exposure.

Mr Bryan is a member of the asbestos awareness group Toowoomba Region and Darling Downs Support.

He said asbestos was everywhere around Toowoomba.

“Sadly, the do-it-yourself crowd see getting dressed up with overalls, masks and gloves as too much of a problem.

“People are still being exposed and are complacent to the dangers of asbestos.

“Within the building trade there is almost 100% compliance with the safety aspects.

“But among the do-it-yourself crowd there’s not much awareness.” He said prevention was still a big issue.

“It’s very a serious business dealing with the product.

Wayne Bryan from asbestos support group Toowoomba Region and Darling Downs Support says asbestos is everywhere in Toowoomba.
Wayne Bryan from asbestos support group Toowoomba Region and Darling Downs Support says asbestos is everywhere in Toowoomba. Bev Lacey

“You’d be surprised at some of the places it is.”

Mr Bryan said asbestos was generally safe if it was bonded.

“It’s when it becomes free-floating that it’s a problem.

“Once you start cutting, scraping or sanding a fibro sheet you can be exposed.”

Asbestos related diseases are no joke.

Mr Bryan’s illness causes shortness of breath and associated pain.

“I’m very susceptible to lung infections and exertion causes breathlessness,” he said.

  • TRADDS was established to offer assistance, information and guidance to people affected or concerned about asbestos.
  • The group is mainly made up of retirees who are affected by asbestos disease.
  • It meets on the third Friday of every month from 10am at the Cancer Care Centre, High Street Plaza.

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DIY crowd plays renovation roulette with deadly asbestos

Asbestos removal clears the way for use of old fire hall

The old fire hall has been cleared of asbestos and is ready for a tenant to take it over.

“The asbestos at the fire hall has been dealt with,” CAO Wayne Staudt said at the Sept. 15 council meeting. “So we have got a report from the consultant firm that oversaw the work.”

Staudt said that meant the building is now ready for any kind of construction work or a tenant.

While a Memorandum of Understand has been signed between the City of Cranbrook and the Cranbrook and District Arts Council, CAO Wayne Staudt confirmed that there are still “no definite plans for any group to move into the old fire hall at this time.”

At the end of August the city received a project closure report from Peak Environment Ltd, the professional consultant hired to oversee the project including the monitoring and inspecting services.

Peak Environment Ltd has certified that the building can be reoccupied without concerns regarding possible asbestos exposure.

Napp Enterprises was selected to perform the removal of hazardous and regulated materials.

The work was performed in accordance with WorkSafe BC’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulations regarding asbestos and other hazardous materials.

The project is reported to be coming in under budget, with the project expected to come in at $110,000. The initial budget was $130,000.

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Asbestos concerns remain for rail workers – RMTU

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union says some KiwiRail locomotives have tested positive for loose asbestos fibres and that a plan to return the locomotives to service is premature.

KiwiRail and union officials are meeting in Auckland today and tomorrow to discuss the results of a second round of testing for asbestos in 40 DL locomotives.

The union remains concerned at the reintroduction of the locomotives, and had hoped to clarify a number of these concerns at the meeting, but was disappointed to see the meeting pre-empted by an announcement from KiwiRail last night, Rail & Maritime Transport Union General Secretary Wayne Butson said.

“One of the locomotives returned a positive result for loose asbestos fibres. The presence of loose fibres is of huge concern to us, as it is loose fibres that have the potential to be respirable.

“The first round of test results turned up negative for airborne asbestos fibres or asbestos dust. Now, the second ones are showing presence of asbestos in some locomotives. We need to see a comparison between the first and second round of testing for each locomotive, in order to understand why some have gone from negative to positive.”

“We also need to know at what point the asbestos in the locomotives becomes prone to releasing respirable fibres. Testing for this must be done proactively, rather than reactive testing that identifies a danger after our members have already operated or repaired the locomotives.”

“KiwiRail’s statement yesterday was presumptive as we are meeting with the company today and Wednesday to discuss whether or not the locomotives will be returned to service and operated by our members,” Wayne Butson said.

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Asbestos Forces Relocation of Wayne County Office; Florida Asbestos Testing Company – AGC Environmental – Gives Out …

…for a Florida asbestos testing, AGC Environmental said it would be most beneficial for the public to employ its service…that’s because its process is in accordance with the state’s federal guideline and is implemented by certified professionals.

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 14, 2014

Asbestos got the better of New York’s Wayne County departments. Based on a report from fltimes.com, it recently forced their relocation. In response to it, AGC Environmental, a Florida asbestos testing company, gave out an advise how the public could prevent such a problem.

According to the report, dated February 13, 2014, the department offices at 26 Church St would be transferred to various temporary locations in the county to give way to the asbestos abatement. And as it detailed, the relocation was estimated to last until April.

Nevertheless, the report relayed that the phone numbers of each department will remain the same. It shared that the public would also be informed of the offices’ new locations.

In addition to the departments, the Board of Supervisors and its committees would also be relocated, the post related.

Below is an excerpt from the report.

“A slew of Wayne County departments are relocating temporarily because of an asbestos abatement project at the old county courthouse.

The offices in the 26 Church St. building are expected to remain vacant through the end of April. The county said telephone numbers will not change and signs will be posted telling people where to go.”

Like mold, asbestos could also compromise health, said AGC Environmental. Exposure to its fibers, it shared, could cause mesothelioma in humans. Also, it said that it could significantly increase lung cancer risk.

Nonetheless, those serious medical conditions and other major problems the fibrous mineral could bring could be prevented, it said. And the way to do it, it specified, is to confirm its presence early and to implement asbestos removal promptly.

However, for a Florida asbestos testing, AGC Environmental said it would be most beneficial for the public to employ its service rather than that of other companies. As it pointed out, that’s because its process is in accordance with the state’s federal guideline and is implemented by certified professionals.

The same with its other environmental services such as Florida air quality testing and lead-based paint removal, the company said that its Florida asbestos testing and asbestos removal also offer documented expert assessments that could be used in various court purposes.

For more information about it, AGC Environmental invites everyone to visit its website at agcenvironmental.com.


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