The safety, health and wellbeing of our community and our employees are of paramount importance.
Council has worked diligently to strengthen and improve asbestos management. Like many local government organisations, Council is responsible for managing a diverse portfolio of ageing infrastructure. Many of Council’s built assets were constructed prior to 1990 (in some cases, long before that year) and contain asbestos.
Identifying asbestos materials in a home or workplace does not necessarily mean your health is at risk. Studies have shown that these materials, if in sound condition and left undisturbed, are not a significant health risk. If the asbestos fibres remain firmly bound in materials such as wall cladding, there is generally no need to remove the materials concerned. Friable asbestos containing material (ACM) presents a risk to health and safety when such material, in the form of respirable sized fibres, becomes airborne and is inhaled.
Since 2018, Council has commissioned hundreds of air monitoring tests to determine if airborne respirable asbestos fibres were present at locations being assessed and, if so, whether the number of fibres exceeded the designated workplace standards. Not one test result identified the presence of asbestos fibres at levels above normal background levels. Not one test satisfied the criteria that would have triggered the reporting of the test result as a potential health and safety issue.
See the links below for further information on how Council is managing asbestos. The Council has committed to implementing Workplace Health & Safety strategies that will deliver tangible, long-term, widespread sustainable and measurable WHS outcomes across the Council, going beyond strict legal obligations.
Also included below are links to NSW Health information on this matter, and links to other external agencies...