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Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600

27 June 1934

Telephone: (0 6 2 )7 3 2136

Telex: 62286

I Federal Minister for

Employment and Industrial Relations

Ralph Willis M B 2 / 8 4

GOVERNMENT RELEASES ASBESTOS GUI DEL I NES

G u i d e l i n e s t o p r o t e c t p e o p l e f r o m t h e a d v e r s e h e a l t h e f f e c t s

o f a s b e s t o s h a z a r d s i n t h e w o r k p l a c e a r e b e i n g r e l e a s e d t o d a y .

The A c t i n g M i n i s t e r f o r E m p l o y m e n t a n d I n d u s t r i a l R e l a t i o n s ,

Mr C h r i s H u r f o r d , s a i d t o d a y t h e g u i d e l i n e s a r e c o n t a i n e d i n

t wo b o o k l e t s , ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT a n d CONTROLLI NG ASBESTOS

HAZARDS.

He s a i d t h e i r p u b l i c a t i o n e x p r e s s e s t h e G o v e r n m e n t ' s g e n u i n e

c o n c e r n a t t h e h e a l t h r i s k s p o s e d t o w o r k e r s e x p o s e d t o a s b e s t o s .

"We b e l i e v e t h a t t h e s e g u i d e l i n e s a r e a p o s i t i v e s t e p t o w a r d s

d e a l i n g w i t h a s b e s t o s , " Mr H u r f o r d s a i d .

He s a i d t h a t t h e p r o b l e m s o f d e a l i n g w i t h a s b e s t o s , o t h e r t h a n

i n t h e m i n i n g o r m a n u f a c t u r i n g i n d u s t r i e s , w e r e r e f e r r e d by

t h e F e d e r a l G o v e r n m e n t t o t h e f i r s t m e e t i n g o f t h e N a t i o n a l

C o n s u l t a t i v e C o m m i t t e e on O c c u p a t i o n a l H e a l t h and S a f e t y i n

D e c e m b e r l a s t y e a r .

" A w o r k i n g p a r t y o f r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s o f t h e A u s t r a l i a n C o u n c i l

o f T r a d e U n i o n s , t h e C o n f e d e r a t i o n o f A u s t r a l i a n I n d u s t r y ,

and t h e F e d e r a l G o v e r n m e n t was e s t a b l i s h e d , " he s a i d .

" I t s o b j e c t i v e was t o d e v e l o o an i n t e r i m s t r a t e g y t o d e a l w i t h

t h e p r e s e n c e o f a s b e s t o s i n w o r k p l a c e s . As a r e s u l t t h e s e

g u i d e l i n e s w e r e p r o d u c e d .

" F o r e x a m p l e , t h e y w i l l p r o v i d e a g u i d e i n c a s e s w h e r e e l e c t r i c i a n s

p l u m b e r s o r t e l e p h o n e t e c h n i c i a n s a r e r e q u i r e d t o e n t e r c e i l i n g s

s p r a y e d w i t h a s b e s t o s m a t e r i a l ; o r w h e r e p e o p l e a r e w o r k i n g

n e a r , b u t n o t i n c o n t a c t w i t h , i n a d e q u a t e l y s e a l e d a s b e s t o s

i n s u l a t i o n . "

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Mr H u r f o r d s a i d t h a t ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT p r o v i d e d empl oyees,

u n i o n s , p r o p e r t y owners and empl oyees, i n c l u d i n g government

d e p a r t me n t s and s t a t u t o r y a u t h o r i t i e s , w i t h a s e t o f " gr ound

r u l e s " and gener al p r o c e d u r e s , f o r d e a l i n g w i t h asbest os

p r o b l e m s .

CONTROLLING ASBESTOS HAZARDS has been w r i t t e n f o r the use o f

g o v er n me n t a l i n s p e c t o r s , a s best os removal c o n t r a c t o r s and o t h e r

p e o p l e i n v o l v e d i n the d i r e c t c o n t r o l o f e x i s t i n g a s best os

h a z a r d s .

Mr H u r f o r d s a i d t h a t the g u i d e l i n e s are n o t aimed a t asbest os

m i n i n g or m i l l i n g whi ch no l o n g e r o c c u r s i n A u s t r a l i a and i s

u n l i k e l y to be resumed i n the near f u t u r e . The m a n u f a c t u r e

o f as b es t o s p r o d u c t s i s a l r e a d y c o n duct ed under S t a t e r e g u l a t i o n s

g o v e r n i n g h e a l t h and s a f e t y s t a n d a r d s .

"These two g ui des are b e i n g d i s t r i b u t e d as i n t e r i m s t a n d a r d s

p e ndi ng the de vel o p men t o f a n a t i o n a l s t r a t e g y and n a t i o n a l

s t a n d a r d s by the pr oposed N a t i o n a l O c c u p a t i o n a l H e a l t h and

S a f e t y Commi s s i on , " he s a i d .

Mr H u r f o r d s a i d he e x p e c t e d t h a t d i s c u s s i o n and p u b l i c debat e

on these g ui des woul d f o l l o w t h e i r i n t r o d u c t i o n .

"Comments from i n t e r e s t e d p a r t i e s are welcome and w i l l c o n t r i b u t e

to the d evel opment o f f u t u r e g u i d e l i n e s . "

Copi es o f t he two g u i d e s are now a v a i l a b l e f orm the A u s t r a l i a n

Cou n c i l o f Trade Un i o n s , the C o n f e d e r a t i o n o f A u s t r a l i a n I n d u s t r y ,

O f f i c e s o f the D e p a r t me n t o f Employment and I n d u s t r i a l R e l a t i o n s

and S t a t e Government d e p a r t me n t s i n v o l v e d w i t h o c c u p a t i o n a l

h e a l t h and s a f e t y .

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