Bulletin No: 181 Volume: 20 Monday 4 August 2014
TO: ALL UFU MFB MEMBERS
On Saturday 2 August 2014 the UFU was notified that asbestos fibres had been found on two Breathing Apparatus sets in Pumper 3 and Pumper 39.
The fibres were found during an inspection of BA’s. This inspection took place under a new procedure implement by the BA servicing department after it became apparent that there was no procedures in place to test BA’s sent to the BA Department that had been exposed to asbestos whilst at an incident or fire.
As a result of the discovery of asbestos fibres on two BA sets both pumper 39 and Pumper 3 were immediately put out of commission.
UFU and HSR’s attended Eastern Hill on Saturday evening to discuss the matter with MFB management.
As a result of that meeting the MFB have agreed to implement the following:
- All BA’s to be tested by a professional hygienist;
- All BA’s and the inside of appliances will be cleaned by a professional asbestos cleaner;
- An HSR is to oversee and supervise all cleaning of appliances and BA’s;
- Worksafe has been notified and Worksafe hygienists will work with the MFB; and
- An inspection team has been engaged to undertake a visual inspection of all BA’s to establish if any BA’s must be taken out of commission immediately.
All these actions will be occurring over the next few days. In to the future the MFB have agreed to work with HSR’s, UFU and Worksafe to review asbestos procedures.
In the meantime if members have any concerns of require further information please contact the UFU office on 9419 8811 or your local HSR or shop steward.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary