Update from the Asbestos Workshop/Summit in Sydney, Australia by Lou Williams

Posted on June 23, 2014 Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

Early June I attended an Asbestos Workshop/Summit in Sydney, NSW to help with a plan to save the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) who currently oversee the asbestos safety, eradication and regulations in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia for both Government and private businesses and householders.  The Workshop/Summit was well attended by Unions, Cancer Council and Asbestos Support groups.   It was agreed to target the media/newspapers with specific asbestos stories relevant to saving ASEA from closure by our current Federal Government.

My business cards have now been printed and I am officially part of the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA) team. I now have two titles which are the ADFA Social Media Voice and the Global Ban Asbestos Network (GBAN) Australian National Director, both positions I am very excited to be part of and it is an honour for me to be with these organisations and to be able to help contribute.

ABC News reported in “Mr Fluffy asbestos: Commonwealth agency calls for demolition of affected houses” that “about 1,000 Canberra houses had loose amosite asbestos installed by insulation company Mr Fluffy in the late 1960s and ’70s.”

A Federal Government program aimed to remove it between 1988 and 1993, but residual fibres have since been discovered in some of the homes making it deadly and very dangerous to the homeowners, friends and any tradespersons who have access in these homes.  Unfortunately the Government have not taken the option of demolishing these homes and fully funding the financial expenses to the homeowners.   There is currently a legal firm taking up the plight of these homeowners.

Lou Williams, GBAN Australian National Director

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