Regulators take positive action to check Victorian buildings for asbestos

Monday August 1 2016

Roof panelling containing asbestos was located in the Perth Children's Hospital construction site in Western Australia on 13 July 2016. This was following the discovery of asbestos in gaskets on a construction site in Brisbane, Queensland. 

VBA Director of Enquiries and Dispute Resolution Murray Smith said: "There is a national body, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, in place to address asbestos safety and eradication that is supported by the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities  to address this cross jurisdictional issue.  The VBA will continue to support the work of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities and other Victorian regulators with respect to the conduct of building practitioners and practitioners' application of the relevant building codes, regulations and the Building Act. 

"The working group has been pleased to see the way the Victorian construction industry has responded to the possibility of asbestos-contaminated materials from the enquiries conducted by the VBA and WorkSafe so far. The builders involved in this matter are taking the appropriate steps to check for the presence of asbestos in their buildings.".
Practitioners are reminded to satisfy themselves that products they use during their constructions meet Australian Standards and retain appropriate documentation about products used on site for future reference, should the need arise. 

For further advice and guidance on asbestos matters check the Victorian government website www.asbestos.vic.gov.au.

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