Asbestos Awareness Month Goes into Overtime

The NSW Environment Protection Authority will team up with SafeWork, RID Squads and Council to conduct joint inspections at waste facilities, building and demolition sites, and businesses between 27 November and 4 December.

The campaign promotes the safe handling and disposal of asbestos to ensure that workers, the community, and the environment are protected during Asbestos Awareness Month in the Central Coast and Hunter Regions

“The agencies involved have a good working relationship and we want to reinforce this with the community and industry,” said EPA Manager Regional Waste Compliance Cate Woods

Strict rules are in place for those removing asbestos, and for the transport and disposal of asbestos.  The teams will conduct unannounced inspections over the 8 days and anyone found doing the wrong thing can expect action from one or all of the agencies.

“We won’t be telling people where we’ll be or when we’re turning up, they need to be doing the right thing all the time,” said Ms Woods.

Heavy penalties apply for unlawfully transporting or disposing of waste, particularly asbestos waste.

More information can be found on the EPA’s website http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/household-building-and-renovation/dealing-with-household-asbestos