As­bestos found

The New Zealand Herald - - News -

The air qual­ity in the Re­serve Bank’s Wellington build­ing is be­ing tested af­ter a trace of as­bestos was found on Wed­nes­day. The build­ing was closed and staff evac­u­ated af­ter the as­bestos was found on level 1 dur­ing a rou­tine in­spec­tion. It is be­ing re­me­di­ated. Three lev­els were found to be clear. In­spec­tion and test­ing con­tin­ues, while es­sen­tial op­er­a­tions are be­ing car­ried out at premises in Auck­land. “Be­cause of the age of the build­ing, as­bestos must be presumed to be present,” the bank’s head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Mike Han­nah, said. A plan was be­ing de­vel­oped for re­turn­ing ev­ery­one to the premises once the safety of staff and ten­ants was as­sured. The 14-storey build­ing on The Ter­race also houses the Par­lia­men­tary Coun­sel of­fice, the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mis­sioner for the En­vi­ron­ment, State Ser­vices Com­mis­sion and the De­fence Force.

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