ETU National News

$6.4 million investment a welcome step to reduce deadly asbestos risks in Australian homes and workplaces

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Electrical Trades Union has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of an additional $6.4 million for the new Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, saying that increased awareness and research has the potential to save countless lives. 

ETU national secretary Allen Hicks said as many as a third of homes, and thousands of workplaces, still contain a range of asbestos products which pose an ongoing threat to millions of Australians.

“Workers in our industry deal with the risks of asbestos every day, and many of them have suffered from deadly asbestos related diseases over the years, so they’re incredibly grateful for any investment that will help prevent further cases of exposure,” Mr Hicks said.

“The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, which started work this month, along with the National Asbestos Exposure Register, are great initiatives that will reduce risks over the years ahead.

“This latest investment, which will go towards the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management, means money to improve community awareness, carry out research, and most
importantly to improve the identification techniques used to recognise and remove asbestos risks.

“This is a great investment by the Federal Government, and our union commends the efforts of Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten.”

Mr Hicks said that despite asbestos products being banned in Australia for almost 30 years, the fibre still remains in millions of homes, workplace and items of public infrastructure, with new cases of exposure still taking place.

“One of the exciting things this money will support is a series of asbestos removal pilots, which will help develop best practice models for identifying, removing, transporting and disposing of asbestos
products in a safe, efficient manner,” he said.

“Getting these things right means we can look forward to a future where this deadly substance is finally eradicated, and no more lives are needlessly lost.”

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