Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Asbestos abatement issues plague Sydney Opera House renovations

16 Oct 2017 by under News
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Once again, renovations at the Sydney Opera House have stalled due to asbestos-related concerns. (more…)


Queensland government plans to improve coal mining regulations

14 Sep 2017 by under News

640px BLACK LUNG X RAYS FROM PATIENTS OF DR. A.H. RUSSAKOFF PULMONARY DISEASE SPECIALIST AND PIONEER AIR POLLUTION FIGHTER...   NARA   545474 100x100 Queensland government plans to improve coal mining regulationsDespite the belief black lung disease was under control in Australia, the state of New South Wales saw its first diagnosed case of black lung since the 1970s this year. With similar symptoms to , black lung is a “type of lung disease affecting the tissues and gas-exchange surface of the lung,” often associated with dust from long-term coal mining and resulting in shortness of breath, loss of pulmonary function and eventually death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The alarming uptick in cases prompted federal and state governments to dig into regulations aiming to protect coal miners and determine why they seem to be falling short. (more…)


Iconic Melbourne trams contain asbestos flooring

7 Sep 2017 by under News
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Three of Melbourne, Australia’s iconic W-Class trams, which regularly carry tourists along routes around the city, have failed routine inspections due to asbestos-containing flooring. (more…)


Australian asbestos ban difficult due to Chinese imports

25 Aug 2017 by under News

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAL AAAAJGE2Mzk2MjQwLWMyNDMtNGMxYi1iN2FhLTFhNmYwOTAxNGE3NQ 100x100 Australian asbestos ban difficult due to Chinese importsAsbestos is widely considered to be a group of six carcinogenic silicate minerals: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite. But what happens when countries do not agree on the list? Enforcement is more difficult. (more…)


Australian mines fail to meet air quality control regulations

21 Aug 2017 by under News
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Four Queensland, Australia, coal mines have failed to meet dust monitoring regulations created to protect workers from developing black lung, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. (more…)


Electrical Union issues ban after asbestos found at Sydney Opera House

3 Aug 2017 by under News
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Renovations at the Sydney Opera House have hit a roadblock following the confirmation of asbestos fibers in the building. The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) has issued a work ban on the $200 million project after asbestos was confirmed in ducts where 25 electricians worked in July. (more…)


Australian eco-development faces asbestos abatement legal challenges

27 Jul 2017 by under News
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An asbestos abatement case is making its way to Australia’s Supreme Court, and while the dispute is being adjudicated, plans for a $2 billion eco-development are on hold. (more…)


Mr. Fluffy home demolitions near completion

18 Jul 2017 by under News

534px Australian Capital Territory in Australia zoom 100x100 Mr. Fluffy home demolitions near completionA form of loose asbestos insulation used in the Australian capital of Canberra, Mr. Fluffy has proved much more menacing than its name would suggest. Fear of Mr. Fluffy reemerged in 2013 after a house that had undergone asbestos removal procedures was found to still contain the deadly insulation, according to The Guardian. Millions were spent on the original abatement efforts, and now a second round of removal efforts is underway. (more…)


Australian government clarifies asbestos pledge

17 May 2017 by under News

GHS pictogram silhouette.svg  100x100 Australian government clarifies asbestos pledgeAustralia’s Victorian government is under fire for what some are calling broken campaign promises. During a state government audit in 2014, some schools in the region were found to be so plagued with carcinogenic asbestos, they needed to be shut down. Labor party officials then campaigned under the suggestion of removing all asbestos from schools by 2020, according to sources quoted in The Brisbane Times, but government officials are now clarifying the promise. (more…)


Australian city increases asbestos mishandling fines

12 May 2017 by under News

Paducah Asbestos Removal 74501321301 100x100 Australian city increases asbestos mishandling fines Using asbestos in building products was banned in most Australian states and territories in the late 1980s, and in 2003, the nation banned all uses of chrysotile asbestos and extended the ban to the import and export of all products containing asbestos, according to the country’s Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency. However, exposure to the known human carcinogen is still an issue in the country due to demolition and remodeling not being handled properly. (more…)