Bulletin No: 223 Volume: 20 Thursday 2 October 2014
TO ALL UFU MEMBERS
ASBESTOS IDENTIFIED ON BUILDING SITE
NEXT TO SPRINGVALE FIRE STATION
Members are advised that asbestos has been identified at the building site next to the Springvale Fire Station and that the building site has been shut down as a result.
The UFU was informed this morning that the contractor had unearthed material yesterday which has tested positively as asbestos. The builder then started work on a different area of the site today and found further asbestos and subsequently closed the site. The UFU understands these were cement sheets.
The CFA has confirmed it is organising asbestos specialists and hygienists for the fire station and vehicles to be tested today.
The excavation of the building site began last Wednesday 24 September 2014 and therefore all members who have been on the Springvale Fire Station in that time are advised to ensure their name is on record for possible exposure and complete hazard reports.
In addition, anyone who has had a personal vehicle on station at any time since last Wednesday should also ensure that the vehicle is recorded for testing. As this is a joint fire-ambulance site the Ambulance officers have been notified so all who have visited the site since last Wednesday are recorded.
The appropriate authorities including Work Safe and the local Council environmental health officer have been notified and the UFU has been informed appropriate steps are being taken to seal off the building site and further testing including soil testing is to be conducted.
Members will be kept informed of any developments.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary