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The NSW Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) has been testing homes and commissioning an independent investigation in an effort to uncover the extent of the Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos risks in NSW.

WorkCover NSW, which chairs HACA, has been conducting the tests. As of 27 November, 285 homes have been tested and all have returned negative results to loose-fill asbestos, according to a WorkCover NSW media statement. The testing is ongoing.

NSW HACA has also commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to investigate the extent of the problem.

“The Chief Health Officer has considered the [recent] ACT Taskforce Report [into Mr Fluffy contamination in that jurisdiction] and confirmed the need to wait for the results of the current NSW investigation,” WorkCover NSW said.

Residents whose homes were built before 1980 can contact WorkCover to see if they are eligible for free testing; phone 13 10 50.

For more details visit WorkCover NSW

Published on 4 December 2014 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin

WorkCover NSW inspectors are two weeks into a six-week blitz targeting commercial construction sites across Sydney and parts of regional NSW.

Under scrutiny are a number of high-risk activities, such as multi-level scaffolding, emergency evacuation, cranes, hoardings, working at heights, and excavation.

The blitz comes after the recent Barangaroo fire, other construction incidents and calls from Unions NSW (on 13 March) for the state government to audit all major building sites in light of these incidents.

On 14 March WorkCover NSW launched the blitz. “In the past 18 months there have been three high profile incidents in the commercial construction sector involving scaffolding and tower cranes, however, it is important to note there has been no common link between the causes of these incidents,” WorkCover NSW Work Health and Safety Division General Manager John Watson said.

“This blitz will target … specifically those sites involved in the construction of multi-level buildings.”

WorkCover NSW is also meeting with “all major contractors to inform them of the detail of this High Risk Commercial Construction strategy and to make clear to the industry our expectations in relation to the action they need to be taking”, Watson added.

For more details, visit WorkCover NSW

Published on 27 March 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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