ACT Gov’t Staff Shaken After Asbestos Scare

Asbestos TrainingStaff at an ACT government directorate are shaken after a member of the public brought a bag of the of the deadly substance asbestos, in to their office.

A spokesperson for  the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate revealed that a ”small sealed bag allegedly containing asbestos”  was smuggled into the directorate’s offices at Dame Pattie Menzies House.

The member of the public reportedly walked in with the bag on August 30, in order to confirm whether the substance was asbestos prior to leaving. Preliminary tests revealed that the substance was indeed asbesgtos.

The spokeswoman said: ”The directorate took immediate steps to ensure that the material was isolated and the area made safe.”

The police was informed and the material was removed immediately.

”Appropriate experts … were immediately contacted including the police … the Environment Protection Authority, and an independent expert to undertake testing and removal of the material. The work areas were given the ‘all clear’ the next day by the independent expert.”

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Source: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/asbestos-query-sparks-emergency-action-in-govt-office-20130910-2tikr.html#ixzz2ejqwNg4b

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