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Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program for Properties Containing Loose-Fill Asbestos

As was heavily reported by the media in 2015, a company known as Mr Fluffy used raw Amosite and Crocidolite asbestos, known as loose-fill asbestos, as ceiling insulation in some ACT and NSW homes in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 28 identified Local Government Areas (LGAs) where Mr Fluffy operated, the NSW Government is […]

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Identifying Asbestos within the Home

Given the prevalence of asbestos use in a wide-range of Australian buildings prior to its ban in December 2003, it can be difficult to know the full extent of products in which it was used. In order to ensure that all residents are better informed, this aims to better equip people to successfully identify where […]

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Asbestos – What do you really know?

Firstly, what is asbestos? Asbestos is a natural occurring silica compound; simply put, a natural material found in rock just like coal. It was primarily used in the building/construction industry due to its high flame retardant properties. Asbestos is a word that often causes a lot of confusion and concern for people, but what do […]

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Barangaroo Blaze Causes Hazardous Materials Fears to Reignite

The outbreak of a raging fire in the basement of a section of the Barangaroo construction site has reignited concerns about the presence of high levels of hazardous materials at the site. While the blaze has been brought under control overnight, discussions have re-emerged over site contamination. From the mid 1820s, the previously named East […]

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Tackling Mesothelioma Head On

In an Australian first, the Lung Foundation of Australia has launched a pilot asbestos nurse education program. As part of this program, nurses undertake a specifically designed 5 month course which is centred around educating nurses on how to provide better care for patients with asbestos related diseases, of which mesothelioma is the most prevalent. […]

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