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28 January 2011

Ipswich Council warns on asbestos during flood cleanup

Ipswich City Council has issued another warning to volunteers helping with the flood clean-up about the dangers of asbestos.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said many volunteers in the clean-up effort had gone hammer and tongs into the clean-up, not realising some wall materials may have contained asbestos.

"Many of the flooded Ipswich homes were built before 1990 and therefore could have asbestos-containing materials which could pose a hazard when cleaning up," Cr Pisasale said.

"Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has warned any sheds or buildings built before 1990 were likely to have some asbestos materials in them, so if they've been damaged then be very cautious when cleaning up."

He said council had a contractor cleaning up asbestos in public places, who to date had collected more than 40 cubic metres of asbestos containing materials.

Cr Pisasale said it was best to err on the side of caution, assume asbestos was present and not touch.

More information on safe handling is available on 1300 369 915 or at www.worksafe.qld.gov.au.

If you suspect there is asbestos in a public place, contact the council call centre on 3810 6666.

 

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