As­bestos in hos­pi­tal con­tained

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - PAM JONES [email protected]

AS­BESTOS found in Dun­stan Hos­pi­tal’s roof has been con­tained and will be mon­i­tored to en­sure con­tin­ued safety, Cen­tral Otago Health Ser­vice Ltd man­agers say.

As­bestos was found in three roof ar­eas in the hos­pi­tal dur­ing a rou­tine South­ern

Dis­trict Health Board in­spec­tion ear­lier this year, health ser­vices chief ex­ec­u­tive Debi Lawry and for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive Karyn Penno said in this year’s an­nual re­port.

A com­plete sur­vey of the hos­pi­tal was then done by ex­ter­nal con­sul­tants and the re­quired up­grades were com­pleted, the re­port said.

Dun­stan Hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion and fa­cil­i­ties man­ager Ma­ree Leitch said some as­bestos had been re­moved from the hos­pi­tal’s roof space when it was re­built in 2005.

Some of the as­bestos dis­cov­ered this year was re­moved, and the rest was con­tained in the roof spa­ces, as per best prac­tice. As­bestos gen­er­ally poses no risk when it is not dis­turbed; it usu­ally only poses a health risk when moved.

The SDHB had held an ed­u­ca­tion ses­sion with Cen­tral Otago trades­peo­ple, a pol­icy to keep staff and trades­peo­ple safe was in place and there was no risk to the pub­lic, Ms Leitch said.

Ma­ree Leitch

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