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SafeWork NSW fast tracks asbestos assessments on flood damage

 

SafeWork NSW is waiving the five-day asbestos removal work notification period to allow immediate clean-up of asbestos debris from storm-damaged properties in north east NSW.

Property owners in the Ballina, Byron Shire, Kyogle, Lismore and Tweed local government areas will have their assessments fast-tracked to ensure asbestos-containing material can be removed as quickly as possible.

SafeWork NSW executive director, Peter Dunphy, urged residents to seek information on the potential risks of being exposed to asbestos and how to manage it safely when cleaning up after a storm or flood.

“Flood-affected homes may contain asbestos materials which need to be safely managed and removed so that the health of the community is protected,” Dunphy said.

“As the State Emergency Service assesses the damage and residents begin to clean-up or repair properties, we want them to be aware of the dangers.

 

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This story first appeared in INCLEAN Magazine. 

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