Auck­land Coun­cil work­ing to con­trol as­bestos in Rod­ney

Rodney Times - - LOCALJOBS - ZIZI SPARKS

Auck­land Coun­cil has spent roughly $1.25 mil­lion on as­bestos-re­lated work in the past two years.

In­for­ma­tion pro­vided in an Of­fi­cial In­for­ma­tion Re­quest re­vealed as­bestos work, in­clud­ing con­trol or re­moval, had taken place at 17 lo­ca­tions in 11 lo­cal boards around Auck­land be­tween June 2015 and April 2017.

Six of those lo­ca­tions were in the Rod­ney Lo­cal Board area and the Hibis­cus and Bays Lo­cal Board area.

The in­for­ma­tion noted as­bestos-re­lated costs were of­ten not separated from over­all cap­i­tal or re­pair and main­te­nance costs and may only in­volve lab­o­ra­tory test­ing, with no fur­ther work if re­sults were neg­a­tive. In other cases, it may have in­volved con­trol mea­sures like re­moval or seal­ing.

‘‘As­bestos con­trol and re­moval is reg­u­larly car­ried out on coun­cil fa­cil­i­ties as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure to pre­vent po­ten­tial

‘‘What­ever your sit­u­a­tion, you have a re­spon­si­bil­ity that no one is put at harm.’’

Terry Cole­man

risks to the com­mu­nity, as re­quired by health and safety reg­u­la­tions,’’ the in­for­ma­tion re­vealed.

Sec­re­tary of the New Zealand De­mo­li­tion and As­bestos As­so­ci­a­tion Terry Cole­man said the Health and Safety at Work (As­bestos) Reg­u­la­tions, in­tro­duced in April 2016, meant all com­mer­cial prop­er­ties built be­fore 2000 needed to be sur­veyed for as­bestos. This in­cluded schools, char­i­ties and any premise be­ing used to make money.

Cole­man said build­ing own­ers had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to know where as­bestos is and what state it was in.

He said not all as­bestos is dan­ger­ous or a risk but, if as­bestos was found, the high­estrisk ar­eas would be dealt to first.

In­for­ma­tion in the Of­fi­cial In­for­ma­tion Act re­quest said as­bestos was only harm­ful when air­borne, breathed in and set­tled into the lungs.

It said 95 per cent of as­bestos in New Zealand was em­bed­ded in ce­ment and when the as­bestos was not fri­able, is eas­ily crum­bled, it was harm­less.

Ex­po­sure to as­bestos had been linked to sev­eral lung and res­pi­ra­tory con­di­tions in­clud­ing mesothe­lioma can­cer. The Mesothe­lioma Can­cer Al­liance aims to raise aware­ness about this and the dan­gers of as­bestos ex­po­sure.

- Gabion at Om­aha Beach (sea­wall) in Rod­ney - Sanc­tu­ary hut at Tawha­ranui Re­gional Park in Rod­ney - Gar­den sheds at Wen­der­holm Re­gional Park in Rod­ney (since de­mol­ished) Nurs­ery build­ing at Arataki De­pot in Waitakere Ranges - Griffiths Build­ing in Waitem­ata (since de­mol­ished)

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