Asbestos media storm

Asbestos media storm

Although the use of all forms of asbestos has been banned in Australia since 2003, we regularly hear about asbestos in the media. In Victoria, attention has most recently been directed towards a demolition site in Carlton where the EPA ordered the Metropolitan Fire Brigade to hose down the site due to the presence of asbestos in the rubble. Further, a recent Fairfax article revealed that materials containing asbestos are increasingly being dumped by members of the public in Victorian National Parks. There were more than 30 cases reported in the past 12 months alone. The high cost of removing and disposing of asbestos products legally is causative of this. At a national level, a recent independent review has found that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's overall management of asbestos border control is effective, despite recent occurrences of imported building materials containing asbestos being found on Australian construction sites. Work towards eradication of asbestos importation continues, with a newly formed Senate committee due to conduct and report on their inquiry by 25 May 2017. Most Australians have been exposed to asbestos at some stage in their life. However, not all exposure to asbestos results in an asbestos related injury or illness. It depends on the frequency and intensity of your exposure to asbestos dust and fibres. Importantly, it can take between 10 to 40 years or more before an asbestos related injury or illness is diagnosed. If you have been exposed to asbestos, it is important to get early advice from your GP and a legal professional. For a free appointment to discuss your potential entitlements, call (03) 9321 9988. [embed][/embed]

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