Wait’ attitude of Ed Department
there are works scheduled for the October school holidays at the remaining school.”
Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia president Robert Vojakovic slammed the Education Department for both its inspection method and the time taken to remove the material.
“Risk is mainly measured by the release of fibres and if those fibres can be captured to be analysed and confirmed, then indeed the risk must be immediately remedied without any fanciful numerical coding,” he said.
“The universally accepted asbestos risk is very well established that there is no safe level of exposure.
“All asbestos must be safely removed from buildings, particularly in schools where children have long latency periods to experience some sort of disease associated with asbestos dust exposure.”
WA Council of State School Organisations president Kylie Catto also expressed disbelief at the removal timeframes.
“We would expect immediate action to have occurred within a matter of days and not be ongoing for months,” she said.
“The safety of students and staff is integral. If the material has not been removed then we would expect that the school has clearly communicated what steps have been taken to negate any potential health risks.
She said principals, as site managers, had a duty of care. WHEN breathed in, asbestos fibres may become trapped in the lungs, where they can remain for decades.
Over time, those fibres can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation, which affects breathing and leads to serious health problems.
Asbestos-related diseases characteristically develop over a long period of time and the first symptoms may not appear for 10 to 50 years.
Mesothelioma is an incurable and extremely aggressive form of cancer affecting the lining of the lungs and abdomen that is known to be caused only by asbestos.
It can take up to 45 years to develop after initial exposure and death typically occurs within six to 18 months after diagnosis.
Asbestosis is progressive scarring and thickening of the lung tissue that causes shortness of breath and lung infections.
There is no treatment and it usually leads to death by heart failure.
Extreme caution: Asbestos removal procedures.