Council closes access to Bulk Store Shed after discovery of asbestos
March 26, 2012
Shoalhaven City Council has closed access to the Bulk Store Shed and Stores Office at the Bomaderry Depot following the discovery of asbestos dust within both locations.
The quantity and type of asbestos dust will not be known until a detailed report is released by the expert consultant however Council is currently in the process of arranging for further asbestos testing to be undertaken throughout the entire depot.
Four Council staff members who use the Bulk Store Shed and Stores Office have been relocated to other work stations as a precaution with both work spaces expected to be closed until remediation work is undertaken.
Shoalhaven City Council General Manager, Russ Pigg said the decision to close access to the stores area was made in the interest of staff safety saying all other sections of the depot have been informed of the results.
“Council undertakes asbestos testing as part of the Bomaderry Depot Asbestos Management Plan,” said Mr Pigg.
“This includes air monitoring, dust sample collections and visual inspections of buildings known to contain the potentially harmful substance.
“Council has removed the four staff members who utilise this area as a safety measure and have arranged for more detailed testing to be undertaken throughout the entire depot later this week.”
“All staff working within the vicinity of the located asbestos will have the opportunity to undergo health monitoring testing.”
Mr Pigg said purchasing arrangements have been made with a number of local outlets to ensure continuity of business while all stores staff had been relocated to another appropriate site.
WorkCover were immediately informed of the discovery of asbestos and are currently working with Council’s Work Health and Safety Unit in determining the need for further action.