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Bushfire asbestos threat looms

Licensed removalists must clean up fire-damaged asbestos in the wake of ongoing and recent bushfires.

Despite WorkCover NSW waiving the five-day asbestos removal notification timeframe to allow for the immediate clean-up of fire-damaged asbestos, the need to use licensed operators remains.

Also, the waiver only applies to fire-damaged properties, and removalists still need to notify WorkCover of the material to be removed.

Only those holding a Class A asbestos removal licence are permitted to remove the fire damaged material.

“Residents are being urged to seek out information on the potential risks of being exposed to asbestos and how to safely manage asbestos when cleaning up after the fire,” said WorkCover NSW Work Health and Safety Division General Manager John Watson in a media statement.

“As firefighters and other emergency services workers assess the damage, and residents begin to repair or rebuild, we want to make people aware of the danger of asbestos.”

For more details, contact WorkCover NSW.

Published on 24 October 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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