Asbestos guide online
THE Department of Education and Training’s asbestos management guidelines are now online. The strengthened guidelines follow a review of The Department of Education and Training’s asbestos management policies and procedures by independent asbestos expert John Gaskin.
Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said the draft guidelines were published online in June after Mr Gaskin’s report was delivered to government. “All recommendations in Mr Gaskin’s report were considered and implemented,” he said. Asbestos containing material is found in around one-third of all Queensland buildings.
“The management of asbestos is a challenge for the whole community - this includes state schools, where the safety of staff and students is our highest priority,” Mr Wilson said. “Here in Queensland we’ve established Australian best practice based on how to manage asbestos containing materials in state schools.
State school staff are receiving training to ensure they understand the new processes and are able to carry out their roles and responsibilities, he said.