As­bestos probe wider

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

THE Perth Sta­dium and Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal con­tain fa­cade prod­ucts from Chi­nese fa­cade spe­cial­ists Yuanda – a com­pany in the spot­light after the dis­cov­ery of white as­bestos in fa­cade pan­els on the eighth floor of the Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

But Health Min­is­ter John Day said very dif­fer­ent prod­ucts were used at Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal.

He said there was no ev­i­dence of as­bestos in any­thing other than the pen­e­trated panel at the Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

More than 100 pan­els there will be re­placed.

As­bestos was dis­cov­ered by a worker dur­ing the in­stal­la­tion of a ceil­ing fan which Tea­sury’s Strate­gic Projects ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Richard Man said was “vir­tu­ally an act of chance”.

Builders John Hol­land will do an au­dit of any other sim­i­lar pan­els or ma­te­ri­als at the Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

“The State will as­sess the out­come of that au­dit with John Hol­land and de­ter­mine whether any fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion is re­quired,” Mr Mann said.

Mr Day de­scribed the Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal dis­cov­ery as “dis­ap­point­ing” and said there needed to be a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion as the pan­els had com­pli­ance cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

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